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Elementary To Be Named After Teacher

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By: Claire Powell
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The newly renovated Waukee fifth grade elementary school was rededicated to a man who taught at the school for 37 years.

Vince Meyer was a teacher, coach and a big part of the Waukee community. 

Saturday, the community filled the Vince Meyer Learning Center for the rededication, ribbon cutting and stories about Meyer.

"We looked at this structure, and what it means to the city of Waukee, and it really is the historical building in the community, so as we looked at possible names, we said what better name could we come up with than Vince  Meyer who gave 37 years to the community," said Steve Wilkerson, Waukee superintendent. 

"He spent so much of his time in this building, patrolling the halls and keeping the peace. If you take the tour today, stop for a moment and listen and you might just hear 'alright lets clear the halls,'" said John Meyer, Vince's son.

The school was originally built in 1917 and after almost a complete renovation, it is now home to 92 Waukee fifth graders.

Friends of Meyer said he spent most of his time at school and loved to teach.

"He just did it all, you could just count on him no matter what. I just think it's nice that we live in a community that would respect their educators enough to have a thing like this and name a school after him," said Clair Eason, a friend of Meyer.

The learning center gives Waukee more space since their elementary enrollment has reached 261 students. 

 

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