A decade after retiring from Plainview Schools, Stan Kittrell is calling it quits... again.
Since leaving Plainview Schools ten years ago, Kittrell has served as the director of Adult Day Services of Southern Oklahoma. He has seen many clients, as well as their families, walk through the doors and leave happier people. But Friday was his last day and Tuesday, he officially "retired" for a second time from a second career.
"It's been a blessing to work here," Kittrell said. "Meeting these people, their families, and the staff I've worked with has been wonderful. I'll miss them all very much."
During a short ceremony Tuesday, board members gave their well wishes to Kittrell and formally introduced his replacement director, Tina Fischer.
"My leaving here wasn't just a snap decision, we've been thinking on it for at least six months," Kittrell said. "But I can tell you this, I wouldn't be leaving if I didn't feel like the program was being left in good shape to some good people."
For many years, Kittrell was the principal at Plainview High School. When he "retired" from there, he immediately moved to Adult Day Services of Southern Oklahoma. Now, Kittrell will shift his energy once again to working real estate with his wife, Claudia.
"People keep saying I'm 'retiring,' but I don't feel I'm old enough for that yet," he said. "I'm just taking on something new."
Kittrell is looking forward to many aspects of the new job — of which he's been at a full two days at the time of this interview.
"I'll be working with my wife and some other people that formed this real estate group and she's really good at this stuff already, so I look forward to learning a lot from her," he said. "The pace will be different and it'll be something new to learn.
"I'm really excited, but it is bittersweet."
During his "retirement" party Tuesday, Kittrell was presented with gifts from board members, many of which had great things to say about the man of honor.
"I've known Stan since fifth, sixth, seventh grade — somewhere in there — when he was my principal at Plainview," said Jessica Pfau, executive director of Ardmore VIllage. "I would have never guessed that one day I'd be the one signing his paychecks, but it's been great working with him and he will be missed.
"I'll still keep in contact with him, but it won't be on the same level. I'll miss that."
Other board members echoed Pfau's reluctancy to let Kittrell leave, but were supportive of his plans.
"It's been a fun ride, but this next step will be another fun part of my life," Kittrrell said.