Hogsett shows off new primary school

Published 8:18 pm Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mary G. Hogsett Primary School held it’s public grand opening Tuesday evening with dozens of adults and children showing up to see the new school.

After opening remarks by Principal Suzanne Farmer, Danville Board of Education Chair Steven Becker and Director of Facilities and Maintenance Christy Denny in the spacious school cafeteria, several first-grade students held up their drawings that illustrated their favorite parts of the school. They drew pictures of  the playground, their friends and even the blue and green tiled bathrooms.

These students were asked to run through a stream of crepe paper ribbon to ceremoniously “open the school.”

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The renovated portion of the original school was unrecognizable, with contemporary circular ceiling lights that change color in the entrance hall, open classrooms and large-screen TVs.

Becker said the school was originally named for “Miss Mary” who started working in the office at Danville schools in 1927. She was also the school board’s executive secretary. 

He said it was unique that the school was named in honor many years ago; she was never a teacher, principal, superintendent or administrator. “The school board thought so much of her, they felt she was a strong quality lady.”