When finance clerk Debbie Peterson was hired by the Galt Joint Union High School District, there was only one high school.
Liberty Ranch High School wasn’t even on the minds of residents.
In fact, the area where both that campus and Estrellita High School are built had yet to be developed.
There was no Raley’s Shopping Center. No It’s a Grind.
And the district office was located in downtown Galt.
Peterson was recognized at Tuesday’s school board meeting for 25 years of service, alongside gardener Paul Lubina, who has been employed by the district for 15 years.
“Debbie had an incredible work ethic,” former chief business official Audrey Kilpatrick said in an email. “She was extremely responsible about her work. She took great pride in her quality of work and it showed every day in the results of her day.
“She was well respected and we always knew that she cared about each and every employee,” Kilpatrick added. “They were not just employees — they were family.”
Kilpatrick, now an assistant superintendent in Placer County, worked with Peterson for seven years and said she misses her greatly.
“She had a wealth of historical knowledge of the district and all of the changes that it has gone through,” she said. “She has a great sense of humor and always had a smile for her fellow co-workers.”
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