Two brand new Wichita schools, still being built, have names.
Board members voted unanimously to call the new northeast elementary school the Val Jean Jackson Elementary School and the middle school will be called the Dean Stucky Middle Schools.
As the sun sets over a construction site in Northeast Sedgwick County, the structure is given a name, after Dean R. Stucky, a man who served the district for 35 years, starting as a counselor and retiring as deputy school superintendent.
Stucky died in 2000 -- his widow is most proud for him.
The school will include the Koch Industries Auditorium, since Charles Koch and his company donated the land on which the school is located.
Meanwhile, work continues at another site not far away from Stucky middle school. The structure is now known as the Val Jean Jackson Elementary School, named after a man known for his kind heart, philanthropy, and support of economic development in Wichita.
After losing Jackson in November, this is an honor that brings his surviving family to tears.
The Dean Stucky Middle School will open this August, and the Val Jackson elementary school will open in the fall of 2004.
Both families very moved and honored by this show of gratitude and memory to their loved ones.
As for the schools' colors and mascots, they'll be determined in the future by based on community feedback.