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Perry School Ceremony Awaits Pro Football Star

Son Of Late Dentist For Whom Building Named Is In Hospital

YPSILANTI — The Board of Education last night postponed the dedication of the Perry School addition until Lowell W. Perry, son of the late Dr. Lawrence C. Perry, in whose honor the school is being named, is able to attend the ceremonies.

Perry, a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers professional football team, was hospitalized after lie suffered a fractured pelvis and dislocated hip in .a game with the New York Giants Nov. 4. He is expected to be in the hospital six to eight weeks, members of the school board were told.

Perry, a graduate of Ypsilanti High School, starred as an end for the University of Michigan and was named all-American in 1951. He was released from the Air Force last spring after serving two years as an officer.

Perry's mother. Mrs. Lillian M. Perry, lives at 234 S. Hamilton St.

Date Had Been Set

The dedication of the seven-classroom wing and gymnasium-auditorium had been tentatively set for Nov. 28.

The former Harriet School was renamed by action of the board last June in honor of Dr. Perry, a board member and officer for 14 years, who died last April.

No date has been set for the dedication but discussion at yesterday’s meeting indicated it would probably be held in January.

In other action, the board voted lo pay an additional $1,074 to the Charles A. Delano plumbing and heating firm of Ypsilanti over and above the $8,263 contract price for installation of a storm drain at Erikson School. The additional amount paid unforeseen expenses in installing the sewer.

Two Teachers Hired

Two new teachers were hired by the board. Mrs. Diane Smalley was hired as an elementary physical education teacher until January and Mrs. Jeanne Swihart, a former teacher at George and Woodruff Schools, was hired on a half-day basis to teach sixth grade at Central School.

The board decided to hold an informal meeting later this month to discuss the district’s 1956-57 budget, to consider a policy on annexation requests from small, neighboring school districts and to discuss formation of a citizens committee on school building needs.

Last night's meeting was adjourned to Central School, where members of the board heard a report on the district's curriculum council.