(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 10, 2009 - A state historical marker honoring a superintendent of Randolph County schools will be dedicated in Winchester on Feb. 23. The monument recognizes the efforts of Lee L. Driver, who, between 1907 and 1919, consolidated more than 100 rural one-room schools into 20 larger schools that offered graded curriculum, high school education and athletics.
Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) and Rep. Bill Davis (R-Portland) are pleased about the recognition of excellence in their communities.
"The historical marker and dedication ceremony demonstrate Indiana's focus on what's important, such as getting the best education for our children," Rep. Davis said.
"Although I don't agree with school district consolidation for Indiana today, Superintendent Driver was insightful in finding a way to give Randolph County children a better education," Rep. Saunders said. "That's a goal that will always be relevant."
The historical marker will be a large roadside marker with gold lettering on a dark blue background. An outline of Indiana appears at the top. The text praises Driver for his work in rural schools in Indiana and later in Pennsylvania, where he was appointed director of rural education. Driver died in 1960.
The public dedication ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 23 at Driver Middle School, 130 S. 100 East, Winchester.