Dedication in Cumby
Cumby gym dedication features guest speakers, overflow crowd
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
Apr. 23, 2007 - Saturday Cumby christened its new gym with a grand opening ceremony, including a traditional cornerstone dedication. Well over 100 people filled one side of the new stands inside the all electric facility, with overflow spilling out to the entry way of the gym.
Superintendent Bert Vandiver welcomed everyone, and credited current and past board members for their decision to construct a new gym and follow through with those plans.
He also noted that the art and ag classes worked on the cut-out figures which grace the front of the structure, and will soon be joined by other symbols of school spirit.
He noted the project would also not have been completed without cooperation from the community, teachers, administrators, aides, educators and students, as well as Compass Builders who oversaw the actual construction work, the architects and many subcontractors who contributed their craftsmanship to the project.
Senator Bob Deuell, who Vandiver noted quite a few members of the community knew from his medical practice in Greenville, was the featured speaker at the event. Deuell noted that while Cumby was not the smallest district in the state, it is one of the smaller school districts which are the “heart and soul of public education in this state.”
A former member of Greenville’s school board, Deuell noted the dedication and important function of school boards. He also noted that Thomas Jefferson while serving as president also served as superintendent of the school board in Washington, D.C. His duties in the latter required him to choose the books for the school. He chose the Bible and a Christian hymnal, which should be kept in mind when people cite Jefferson as a proponent of separation of church and state.
Deuell also noted that his brother, niece, college roommate and many friends are all educators, which helps instill a great respect in him for education and the role educators serve in the community.