Elementary school dedication honors DD2 Superintendent

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - Three months after the front doors of Joseph R. Pye Elementary opened to students, the school family got together to dedicate the building to the person it was named after.

"It's got to be the highlight of my entire life," says Pye, the current superintendent of Dorchester District 2 schools.

Pye was honored through song and dance by the students, awards from faculty and a handful of surprises in front of more than 800 people involved with the community.

"Mr. Pye has been apart of our district as an educator for 40 years," says Frances Townsend, chairman of the DD2 school board.

Townsend says it was a no-brainer to name the school after a man who's done so much for the district and dedicated his life to education.

"He's been a teacher, principal, personnel director, assistant superintendent and now his been superintendent for over 10 years. And he was apart of the plans of this building since the beginning."

Although the school isn't filled to capacity, it was designed to hold up to 1,000 students. And every detail of the building was picked out by Pye.

But the superintendent didn't have any input on the activities surrounding the schools dedication.

"Even though we've had months to prepare for today, it was not anything like I imagined," says Pye. "I was so taken back... My heart is just bursting with pride."

Other than his name high above the school's front doors, the district hung a photo of the superintendent in the front lobby and decorated an entire room to Pye's living legacy.

"I've had nothing like this," says Pye, reflecting on the day. "I've received an honorary doctorate, principal of the year, superintendent of the year and all those were great things. But this tops them all."

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