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For the week of May 23 through May 29, 2001

School library dedicated to principal

Express Staff Writer

Some people get a school library named after themselves by donating millions of dollars. John Dominick did it the easy way—he worked as Hemingway Elementary School principal for 13 years.

Hemingway Elementary School teachers and staff present retiring principal John Dominick with a plaque and named the school library after him Thursday.

To commemorate his retiring at the end of this school year, the student body gathered in the school’s foyer for the ceremony Thursday.

During the commemoration, teachers unveiled a large plaque above the library’s entrance proclaiming it to be the John Dominick Children’s Library.

Students sang an ode to Dominick to the tune of "You Are My Sunshine."

"That was good!" one student spontaneously yelled at the song’s conclusion.

"Good luck, Mr. Dominick. We’ll miss you," the students proclaimed in unison. Express photos by David Seelig

Dominick, 60, said he hasn’t yet made any "solid plans" about what he will do now. But he thinks he will split his time between Idaho and a family ranch in Wyoming.

"I’m really going to miss the contact with staff and students and parents," he said.

The district has hired Hemingway Elementary School teacher Donald Haisley to replace Dominick.


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