photo by RACHEL RODEMAN
Van Buren School District superintendent Merle Dickerson laughs while holding his great-nephew, Kaden Johnson, Tuesday during Dickerson’s retirement celebration at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center. Kaden is the 1-year-old son of Dickerson’s nephew, Scott and Karla Johnson. Dickerson announced plans in April to retire at the end of the school year; he has been at Van Buren schools for 13 years. Deputy Superintendent Kerry Schneider will serve as interim superintendent for the 2014-15 school year while the school board searches for a permanent superintendent.