Written by News Bulletin News Sources
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00
School District U-46 is hosting a town hall meeting on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. to seek public input regarding a proposal to rename Sheridan Elementary School in honor of the late principal Ronald O’Neal.
The town hall meeting will be held in the gymnasium at Sheridan Elementary School, 510 Franklin Boulevard in Elgin.
Former U-46 teacher and administrator Ralph Vaughan sent the nomination request to rename Sheridan in honor of Mr. O’Neal. He credits Mr. O’Neal’s 40 years of dedicated service to the district and civic engagement.
O’Neal holds the distinction as the district’s first African American principal. He came to U-46 in 1970, serving as Sheridan Elementary Principal from 1970-1974.
During that time, the current Sheridan Elementary school building opened its doors in 1973.
O’Neal also served as principal of Larsen Middle School from 1974-1994, principal of Elgin High School from 1994-2001, and interim administrator of Gifford Street High School following his retirement. O’Neal passed away in December 2009.
O’Neal also served on many civic boards in the Elgin area, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YMCA, PADS of Elgin, Elgin Police and Fire Commission, City of Elgin Committee to have Elgin named an “All American” City, and the Kane County State’s Attorney Second Chance Program.
Should the Board approve the renaming, the new name would not take effect until the 2014-2015 school year.
—News Bulletin news sources