By Charles Lefebvre on October 8, 2016.
The man who will have a school named after him in the Ranchlands area of the city was on hand to help officially break ground at the site of the future school.
SD 76 officially held the sod turning ceremony for the Dr. Ken Sauer School, the newest K-6 school, Friday afternoon, featuring Sauer himself, family and friends, board members and the future principal of the school in attendance.
“I can tell you one thing, there’s no adjective that can describe the pride that I have for them using my name for that school,” Sauer said following the event.
Sauer, 84, served as superintendent of SD 76 from 1974-1988, following a teacher career which began in 1951. Sauer was also an alderman for the city for 24 years, and is well-known for community involvement, ranging from work with the Kiwanis Club, the Palliser Triangle Health Advisory council and the 2016 Alberta Winter Games.
During the ceremony, Sauer mentioned his belief that education was a building block of a community.
“It helps in every walk of life,” he said. “I look at education and teaching as helping our young people become future good citizens.
“You look around, all of these people, the adults around here, they have all been students in this particular school district, and they’re showing off what they can do. It’s marvelous.”
Speakers at the event included Medicine Hat MLA Bob Wanner, Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes, Mayor Ted Clugston and SD 76 board chair Terry Riley, who was hired as a teacher while Sauer was superintendent.
“The school is appropriately named for a man who has given dedicated service to the community, dedicated service to the school district, and dedicated service to education generally across the province,” said Riley.
Sauer was thankful his family and friends were able to share in the celebrations.
“Whatever I’ve achieved, it is because of my family and the people that have been here today,” he said. “It’s a small sample. I’ve probably worked with over 30,000 people in the community…my family has been behind me, supporting me all of this time.”
Jason Peters, who will be principal of the new school, added he was honoured to be principal at the school bearing Sauer’s name.
“He’s shown through education and community, he’s been involved in both for a long time in Medicine Hat,” he said.
The school is scheduled to open in Sept. 2017.