May 15, 2013
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PHOTO: Delores Vondrak, 77, is retiring after 55 years as an educator in the Elk Point-Jefferson (S.D.) school district. Photo by Tim Gallagher
ELK POINT, S.D. — When the bell sounds at noon Thursday, a 71-year run in the classroom ends for Delores Vondrak.
The Central High (1954) and Briar Cliff College (1958) graduate toiled as a student for 16 years. She then taught and served in various roles for 55 years in the Elk Point-Jefferson School District.
As a professional, this is the only workplace Vondrak, 77, has known. She wore white gloves, a hat, a dress and heels while interviewing for the school's home economics job in 1958. The interview took place at an implement dealership in Elk Point. The school board president owned the business.
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