Leroy’s legacy

LE GRAND – Leroy Kivett devoted more than three decades of his professional life to the East Marshall School community – a place he loved. He said people treated him “royally” while he was there.

That type of treatment will continue as the 2007 building addition at East Marshall High School in Le Grand will be named after Kivett.

“I can’t believe it,” Kivett, 85, said of the honor. “I’ve never dreamt of anything like this.”

The naming of the facility after the Le Grand resident was approved by the school board last week. Last year, a group of area residents approached the board with the idea for the naming of the addition after Kivett.

Kivett spent 10 years as a high school principal in Le Grand, 22 years as superintendent and two years on the school board in the district.

“He’s dedicated his life to this school,” said Duane Cooling, a 1969 LDF graduate who is a part of the group that asked the board for this honor. “It’s an honor that he deserves.”

Kivett arrived in Le Grand in 1958 as principal of the school. He later served as superintendent from 1968 to 1990.

The 2007 addition features the new gym, lunchroom, music rooms and classrooms. Kivett said it was something the school desperately needed.

“It’s absolutely gorgeous,” Kivett said.

A recognition ceremony to honor Kivett and the facility naming is planned for a future date. Leroy’s wife, Ann, said the honor for her husband is both overwhelming and appreciated.

“It just means a lot to him,” Ann Kivett said.

Leroy’s eyes already well up when he talks about what the school district means to him, so it’s a safe bet to say plenty of tears will flow during that recognition ceremony.

“It will be very emotional,” Ann Kivett said.