College appreciates DISD’s hospitality

By Duane Durrett | Published Saturday, July 7, 2012

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As dean of the Weatherford College Wise County campus, I want to take this opportunity to thank Rod Townsend and the Decatur ISD Board of Trustees for the hospitality and support we have received as tenants housed in the beautiful and historical former Decatur High School located on South Cates Street.

As you may know, we are in the process of moving into the new Weatherford College Wise County campus. We are excited for the future of Wise County students as we begin a new era in a state-of-the-art educational facility.

However, the purpose of this letter is to thank Mr. Townsend for being, what we consider, an understanding landlord, a caring educational professional and a visionary leader who shared the concerns for the future of education in Wise County. His is not an easy job, and even with that, he was always there for my late-night or early-morning calls when there were problems with water on the floor, no heat in the winter or no cooling during the summer. He always went out of his way to see that students and employees were able to do their jobs in a comfortable learning environment.

I would also like to mention Deputy Superintedent Gary Micinski, Maintenance Director Merl Pryor and all the great staff that helped us through the past two-and-a-half years at this current location. Many student lives were changed during this time, and we thank Rod, Gary and Merl for their part in making this happen for students.

While we will be out of the Decatur building in August and starting fall 2012 classes at our new campus, we will remember the time in that building with fond and positive memories in the history of Weatherford College Wise County.

More importantly, we will remember the support and friendship that Rod Townsend provided to all of our employees and students and this great facility. Our thanks also to each of you as trustees for your support and understanding of our interim campus needs.

Duane Durrett
Dean of Extended Education
Weatherford College, Wise County

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