Stanley County Board Tables Action On Renaming Elementary School
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Stanley County School Board unanimously tabled action Monday night on a proposal to rename the Stanley County Elementary School to the John Waldron Memorial School.
The topic was delayed last month after the board wanted more time for public comment. Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson proposed at least two months ago to the school board that the Stanley County Elementary School building be named after John Waldron.
Waldron was a Fort Pierre native who paid the ultimate sacrifice in 1942. He was a United States Navy aviator who led a squadron of torpedo bombers in World War II. He and most of his squadron perished in the Battle of Midway.
Hanson, who said she has talked to many people on this topic over the last few months, says that she does not want this to be divisive. “I don’t want this naming to be controversial,” added Hanson.
The school board had a time for public comment on the issue. Several Post 20 Legionaries, along with Commander Kim Hallock, spoke in favor of the proposal. He stated that he couldn’t be more in favor of the proposal and encourages everyone to google the legacy of Commander John Waldron.
Stanley County Elementary School Parent Michael Roggow spoke against the proposal. She says renaming the school would take away the identity of Stanley County Elementary.
The renaming issue will not come before the board again.
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