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October 28, 2013

School district remembers Carol Atz

New Albany-Floyd County schools human resources director died Saturday

NEW ALBANY — Some remembered her for her dedication to the district while others thought of her professionalism, but her kindness shone through to many she worked with.

Carol Atz, director of human resources for New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp., died Saturday. She worked for the district for 44 years, 20 of which she spent in her most recent position.

Bill Briscoe, assistant superintendent, said Atz performed a lot of the hiring for the district. With that immediate interaction, he said she worked to develop a relationship with every employee.

“She was one of those people that connected personally with others, cared about other people and they cared about Carol,” Briscoe said. “She’s someone who was admired by a lot of people.”

Atz, who was 69, started out as a teacher at Slate Run Elementary School in 1969. She worked there for about nine years until she became a principal at Fairmont Elementary School. About 10 years later, she took her role with human resources.

Briscoe said Atz filled several niches for employees at all levels, including that of a mentor.

“She’s been our teacher in learning how handle sensitive information and how to hire people,” Briscoe said. She’s been a teacher as well as a colleague to a lot of us.”

In a press release, Superintendent Bruce Hibbard said Atz cared about the people who worked for the district and made sure they were treated well.

“Above all, Carol worked tirelessly to ensure that all NAFCS employees were cared for and treated with respect,” Hibbard said. “She will be greatly missed.”

But she also took the duty of recognizing employees seriously. Briscoe said she headed up banquets to recognize teachers and noncertified employees. He said she also made sure retirees felt like the time they spent at the district was valued.

“She wanted them to be respected, not only for the time they were here, but she wanted the retirees to be respected for the time and energy they gave,” Briscoe said. “Whether it was a teacher, bus driver or secretary, she wanted them to be valued at all times the way employees should be valued.”

Outside of work, Briscoe said Atz cared deeply for her family and friends, but was also generally fun to be around. But he said most of all, he’ll miss how giving she was of her time.

“She made time for others,” Briscoe said. “If I needed something or needed to run something by her and get advice, she made time for me. I wasn’t the only one, she always made time to listen. If you needed advice, she gave it and it was always advice worth following.”

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