Watch: Mentor Schools Rename Headlands Elementary For Jacqueline Hoynes
The former elementary school houses the Cardinal Autism Resource Education School, which Hoynes initiated during her tenure as superintendent
The Mentor Schools Board of Education renamed the former Headlands Elementary building as the Dr. Jacqueline A. Hoynes School in honor of the district's erstwhile superintendent Tuesday evening.
Several school officials thanked Hoynes for her decades of service with the district during a brief ceremony before the School Board meeting.
"One of (Hoynes') strongest characteristics is that she was willing to make the tough decisions that other superintendents in other districts wouldn't," Board President Alan Mihok said.
Mihok cited Hoynes' willingness to close Center Street School and then Headlands Elementary -- due to the district's shrinking student population -- as difficult and unpopular, but ultimately correct, decisions she made.
Mihok also noted Hoynes' role in the launch of the Cardinal Autism Resource Education School, which is now housed in a school building named after her.
Hoynes was joined by three generations of her family Tuesday night. She thanked them, as well as her former colleagues, for their support.
"My superintendency has been peaks and valleys," she said. "The peaks and successes have ben due to so many people -- administrators, teachers, students, families, coaches -- and the valleys we got through together."
Hoynes retired at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.