Mary Frances Beto-Smith, the Italian Festival's 1st Queen, to Retire from Teaching

By Local News | August 15, 2017
By Jeff Toquinto.  School started this morning for students throughout Harrison County. Come September a school career lasting more than three decades will be coming to an official end on a full-time basis.

At tonight’s Harrison County Board of Education meeting, the elected body will consider the official retirement of Bridgeport High School long-time Assistant Principal Mary Frances Smith in the middle of next month. The act of accepting the request is a formality.

The retirement will end a career in the Harrison County education system that started in November of 1985. That means that she’ll fall just short of 32 years of service to students in Harrison County.

“I started my career teaching at Simpson Elementary under (former) Principal (Jim) Harki and then went to Lincoln and taught under (former) Principal (Jerry) Toth, where I spent 13 years,” said Smith. “I loved my time there, but with my kids going through the Bridgeport High School system and the opportunity arose to teach there, I wanted the opportunity to be there and have been there ever since.”

Her retirement becomes effective Sept. 18. Her actual last day will be Sept. 15, which is a Friday.
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