Niagara Gazette


June 25, 2013

Lew-Port honors a retiring Rappold


Niagara Gazette — One of the funnier Rappold stories shared Tuesday involved a car door and a foot. Fox, who has served on the district's school board since 2007, said he was trying to get into a vehicle the assistant superintendent was driving to pay a visit to the newly redesigned athletic fields behind the high school.

But Fox said he never made it into the vehicle before the car started to pull away. The result was a tire rolling over Fox's foot.

"It didn't hurt me," Fox said to laughs from the audience. "I was getting into the car but I didn't get in all the way. It happens."

Last month as he was preparing to leave, Rappold, who has served as the district's human resources manager, its financial manager and all-around go-to guy for answers, distributed a list of all of the school board members with whom he's worked. Tuesday, he passed around a list of administrators and union representatives he's dealt with.

Names like former Lewiston-Porter United Teachers Union President Tom Yots and Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Alan Truesdale brought smiles to his face as he read through some of the names.

In the end, Rappold said his only hope is the influence he's had on the district is as strong as the one the district has had on him.

"I just hope I've had some impact on the students, the staff at Lew-Port," he said. "Because I know Lew-Port has had an impact on me. I've really enjoyed it here, even when it was tough."

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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