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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 14, 2014) – A committee of Warrensburg residents that includes University of Central Missouri employees and alumni are planning a special re-dedication ceremony for the former South East Elementary School, 415 E. Clark St., Friday, Aug. 29.
This special event is being coordinated by the South East School Historic Preservation Committee, which is comprised of individuals who either attended or have some association with the former educational facility. The school opened in 1955, and after being vacated in recent years, reopened in 2014 as the new site of the UCM Facilities, Planning and Operations South East Complex.
The re-dedication ceremony is planned for 2 p.m. at the South East Complex, and will be followed by a picnic. Other activities that take place from 1 to 6 p.m. that day include an antique car show presented by members of the Warrensburg Wheels Car Club, and a live radio remote by KOKO 1450 AM. Facility tours also will be available that afternoon.
Tom McCormack, a Warrensburg resident and university employee who attended first through sixth grades at the school, said the event is open to anyone who is interested, but the committee particularly encourages individuals who attended the school to join in the celebration. Special invitations have been sent to select Warrensburg R-VI and UCM administrators.
“This is basically a re-dedication recognizing the transition of the school from an educational facility to an educational support facility,” McCormack said.
He pointed out the re-dedication ceremony is planned the day prior to the school’s 59th anniversary. McCormack added his participation as chair of the planning committee is a way to express his appreciation for ‘the valuable education” he received at the school.
South East Elementary School opened on Aug. 30, 1955. After the facility closed, the university obtained the property as part of a $60 million capital improvement plan that required relocating the General Services Building (GSB) on South Street to make room for the new 325-bed student housing-retail facility known as The Crossing – South at Holden. Work on this new facility is underway, and is expected to be completed by the opening of the fall 2015 semester.
The GSB is now located at the site of the former South East Elementary School. The actual school building, which still stands, was renovated and currently houses custodial, grounds, procurement, general services, event setup, facilities administrative personnel. A large metal building constructed on the north side of the school also accommodates the print shop, building trades, a mechanical garage, and print shop.
Individuals who want to know more about the South East re-dedication ceremony are encouraged to contact McCormack by phone at 660-747-7064 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.