Gorecki retires from SW/WC Cooperative

MARSHALL – While the Southwest/West Central Cooperative has had many names throughout the years – Educational Research and Development Council, Educational Service Area, Educational Cooperative Service Units – there has been one name that’s been consistent: Sue Gorecki.

Gorecki’s last day at SW/WC was Wednesday. She retired after 36 years of service to the region’s schoolchildren.

The service cooperative was only 2 years old when Gorecki started working there as a secretary under Dick Wollin’s leadership. She’s had various positions throughout the years, but it has been as the student activities coordinator that she has made the most impact. There probably has not been a child around that hasn’t benefited from one of the programs that she has coordinated – Knowledge Bowl, Spelling Bee, the young writers, artists and science conferences.

“The science and nature conference is coming up, but I won’t be there,” Gorecki said. “There will be 1,400 kids there.”

Gorecki said Andrea Anderson will be taking over the conferences.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the students, teachers and parents,” she said.

Tom Hoff, the career and technical project coordinator for SW/WC, has worked with Gorecki for 20 years, 12 in the same department. He said on her last day Wednesday she was finishing up details for the conference so it can run as smoothly without her as it did with her.

“She had the same enthusiasm for all her conferences and competitions now as she did when I first met her,” Hoff said.

Many parents, teachers and students associate Gorecki with the service cooperative, he said.

“She was the face of the service co-op,” Hoff said. “She did a great job representing us.”