Posted Date: 05/18/2022
After 56 years in education, with 19 of those years at Clearwater High School, Mr. Rich Servis, counselor, will retire at the end of this school year.
Mr. Servis started teaching Sophomore and Senior English for four years at Westwood High School in Sloan, Iowa. He then became the only guidance counselor and athletic director at Westwood–a school the size of Clearwater– for 28 years. He also served as student council advisor, yearbook advisor and baseball coach. Before moving to Kansas, he was the college counselor for 500 seniors at Omaha Central.
Mr. Servis and his wife, Renea, moved to Wichita to be close to family and to help with their young granddaughters. Mrs. Servis taught 1st Grade for 19 years in Iowa.
We had some questions for Mr. Servis
What do you love about our district?
I have told many people that, in my opinion, Clearwater is as good a school as there is for kids to go to. I sincerely mean that. Our kids are lucky to be able to attend school here , and I think they know it. We have caring teachers, administrators and staff who know the students and do their best to help them succeed. Clearwater is a very nice community that has education of their children being a high priority.
How did your career surprise you?
Probably my biggest surprise has been that I have worked for 56 years and still love doing it. It has been a very rewarding profession. All of the students, faculty and administrators I have worked with have touched my life and made my career so enjoyable.
What’s your favorite activity?
Talking with students and being able to help them in any way I could was my favorite part of the job. I will miss the kids and faculty.
What are your future plans?
It will be nice to have the flexibility of time to do some traveling with my wife. I will be around and will stay in touch with CHS and will always be thankful for the opportunity to work here these past 19 years.
Congratulations on your retirement, Mr. Servis.