“We asked ourselves, ‘Why? Why Springboro High School? “,” Scott Marshall, district communications coordinator said in a statement.
Marshall spoke to local news outlets and members of the community, trying to find people who knew McCandless, who worked for the district when the building was called Clearcreek High School.
After speaking with some of McCandless’s close friends, he figured the answer must be the late Ray Perez, a former school principal and one of McCandless’s early teachers and mentor.
McCandless had Perez as a sixth-grade teacher at Anthony Wayne Elementary School, and then again as a homeroom teacher at Franklin High School. He was also an advisor to the Future Teachers of America Club, which McCandless joined in his sophomore year.
After graduating from high school in 1957, McCandless received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Miami. It was Perez who hired McCandless to work at local Clearcreek schools in 1961. She taught English there until 1968, before leaving to earn a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University.
Although never stated by Ms. McCandless, which we could find, it was the opinion of Patty’s close friends that Ray Perez giving Ms. McCandless her Clearcreek High School debut was the reason for Patty’s gracious donation to SHS all. those years later, ”said Marshall. “You can’t ask for a better next payout example. “
McCandless’ estate totals $ 471,644.01. The district received the money in June and is currently assembling a committee of administration, staff, community members and friends of McCandless to determine exactly how the money will be distributed over the next several decades, Marshall said. .
Marshall said the schools had never received a similar donation before.
“You will have people who can leave parts of their domain or donate generously, but in my career I’ve never seen anyone leave their entire domain before. It’s unprecedented,” he said. .
The money will be used for scholarships and other needs of the Grades 9 to 12 students at Springboro High School, as McCandless wishes.
“The good thing is that Ms. McCandless is someone who has dedicated her life to teaching and librarianship and has had an impact on many people over the course of her career,” said Marshall. “Now that she is deceased, this generous donation will impact a number of students for decades to come.”
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