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Retirement of cook opens fall position at Perkins County Schools PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Rahn

Managing Editor

Meal time at Perkins County High School will seem different next fall to students, faculty and staff who are used to seeing a familiar face behind the counter.

No longer will Food Service Manager Joyce Hightower be creating the menus, ordering the food and filling lunch trays—she is retiring from her 12-year career on June 3.

Hightower said age and physical demands are factors that have led to her decision to retire. Besides the daily task of preparing meals and creating the menu (for all three schools in the district) she supervises the kitchen staff. 

Ordering government commodities and being available as kitchen support during all extra activities at the school is also part of her position. 

Hightower has a long cooking history—something she enjoys and is very good at. Prior to moving to Grant from Denver with her husband, Ken, she worked at a small sandwich shop and assisted with catering in the metro area. 

The Hightowers purchased and operated the restaurant downtown known as Kings Inn (now called Sally’s) from April 1989 to 1995.  

She is actively involved in meal preparation at the Grant United Methodist Church as a member who volunteers her time whenever a situation arises that requires feeding a group of people from the community. 

Hightower said she will miss preparing food at school and will miss being with the students and staff. 

Rest and relaxation and enjoying her grandchildren are at the top of her list of things she looks forward to once she has some free time. The age range of her grandkids from 21 to three will allow her to entertain them at many levels.  

Nearby are daughter Robin Cornelius of Madrid and son Brian of Grant. Another son, Chad, lives in Commerce City, Colo. 

Traveling, reading and gardening are things Hightower has in mind once summer rolls around and she is no longer committed to the job at school.

Applications are now being accepted to fill her position.