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(J.R.H. 273)

Offered by: Representatives Atkins of Winooski, Blanchard of Essex and Cross of Winooski.

Whereas, for the past 33 years, Peter Picard has delighted in teaching and coaching at Winooski High School, and

Whereas, during his tenure, he has compiled a record of service and dedication to his students that is second to none, and

Whereas, Peter Picard’s pedagogic and coaching longevity in the Winooski school system has greatly benefited the school’s scholars and athletes, and

Whereas, he graduated from Lyndon State College in 1967 and subsequently earned a master’s degree in 1970, and

Whereas, upon arriving in Winooski school district as a social studies teacher, Peter Picard simultaneously commenced his parallel career as the school’s superb assistant football coach, a position he retained from 1967 to 2000, and

Whereas, he purposely opted for an assistant coaching position, in order to work with his players on a direct one-to-one basis, and

Whereas, Peter Picard’s coaching expertise was an essential ingredient in the Spartans’ clinching the 1992 and 1993 divisional football championships, and

Whereas, for five seasons, the baseball Spartans were also privileged to have him as their assistant coach, and

Whereas, in recognition of Peter Picard’s outstanding performance in the classroom and on the playing field, he was cited as the district’s teacher of the year, and

Whereas, over the duration of his 33-year career, he has compiled a stunning attendance record in excess of 6,000 consecutive school days, having never taken a single sick day or missing any games, and

Whereas, Peter Picard is much admired by his students and colleagues in the Winooski school district and the citizens of his community, and

Whereas, at the conclusion of the 1999-2000 scholastic year, he will take his leave for the final time from the hallways and playing fields of Winooski High School, and

Whereas, Peter Picard’s wife Jeannette Desbiens, his three children Peter, Stephanie and Christina, and his four wonderful grandchildren, are looking forward to spending more time with him, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes Peter Picard as an outstanding educator and wishes him the very best as he retires from the faculty of the Winooski school system, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Peter Picard at the Winooski school district.