September 14, 2013
My remarks during the closing ceremony for the 1921 portion of the old school building that will soon become the property of Dodge County:
Thank you Jane.
I would like to thank our County Board of Commissioners for working with the city and understanding our needs and concerns.
Welcome everyone! From time to time we reach a point in history where it is appropriate to pause , reflect and to celebrate. Today is such a day.
The building behind us has meant a great deal to the people of Mantorville and Dodge County. It provided the foundation upon which our citizens built both their educational and professional careers. Unfortunately, change is often necessary especially when not doing so would be detrimental to our quality of life.
The good news is, we are not losing the entire structure, only a portion of the building. We are not losing county services, not losing the oldest working court house in the state and we are not losing a valued partner in our community. This is cause for celebration!
Today we commemorate the win/win solution which the County and City were able to find meeting a critical need. I would ask you to join me in celebrating the past and looking to the future as we welcome the new life, which will soon be seen in the rest of the building.
Please enjoy some of the materials that our Historical Society has on display today, tour the old building once more and share your stories about our school with one another.
Thank you again for coming out and joining us today.