Schools name rooms for principal, volunteer

Marie Doyon at a retirement party with students in 2010.

The Board of Education approved the naming of two rooms in honor of a past principal and a former volunteer.

Faye Knapp was a longtime volunteer in the Scotland Elementary book room, principal Mark Solomon told the school board, asking that the room be named for her.

“Faye worked Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays — full days…” Mr. Solomon said, adding “at minimum 15 years…

“She worked through last June, [but] she is no longer physically able to volunteer,” he said of Ms. Knapp, who he said passed her 92nd birthday in the summer. “She was an incredibly important part of Scotland school.”

Mr. Solomon estimated she put in “about 12,000 hours of volunteer service.”

“She did everything in the book room,” Mr. Solomon wrote in a letter signed by himself and his staff. She “checked books out, maintained the inventory, followed up on missing books, and in general maintained a smooth and orderly operation in the book room…

“We feel this is extremely appropriate given the time that Faye devoted to the school, the staff and the students.”

Scotts Ridge Middle School named its library for its first principal Marie Doyon.

“Since shortly after she left, we have both been thinking of an appropriate way for the staff and community to pay appropriate homage to her for all she did with the construction, staffing opening and establishment of Scotts Ridge Middle School and all the wonderful touches that bear her fingerprints,” Assistant Principal Mike Sheehan and Principal Tim Salem wrote in a letter to the school board.

Ms. Doyon had a hand in every part of the new building, they said.

“She picked out all the carpeting the tiles the paint… She had so much to do with everything … the school is today,” Mr. Sheehan told the Board of Education.

The library, they said, was a particularly appropriate part of the school to name after Ms. Doyon because “when Scotts Ridge was first built, budgetary allowances forced us to split the existing collection with East Ridge Middle School (how do you split a set of encyclopedias?),” the two wrote. “We were left with a paucity of volumes… Marie Doyon worked with our PTA to launch a giant fundraiser gala starring Broadway performer Debbie Gravitte to raise $25,000 to supplement our holdings.

“She has always been a tremendous supporter of the library and the arts, and the library would be an appropriate naming place because of its location at the physical and academic center of our school.”

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