When the Montville School Board received about 30 persuasive essays from Tammy Minsky’s third grade class asking to honor the former Hilldale Elementary principal by renaming the school after her, the board wasn't "prepared to do that at that time," but found a fair alternative, said Board President Karen Cortellino.
Board Member Charles Grau came up with the idea to to dedicate the media center at Hilldale to former principal Marianne Dispenziere, who retired at the end of the 2012-13 school year after 45 years of serving as an educator in the district.
On Tuesday night, Dispenziere returned for the dedication and the plaque outside the media center was revealed during the board of education meeting.
"She did a wonderful job for our children and our staff members throughout her tenure in the district,” said Superintendent Paul Fried. “I reached out to Marianne and she is very grateful and very excited to receive this honor."