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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.

Marylin Young October 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Dr. Hoynes worked so hard for our entire school system. She is an amazing lady and deserves big honors such as this one. I am proud to know her and hope that she enjoys every minute of her well deserved retirement.
Mary Jo Stack October 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Very proud to have worked with her for many years. She was a great mentor to me and taught me so much. This is well deserved praise for a wonderful person.
DL October 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Jackie Hoynes was an administrator who managed by intimidation and although she helped get the schools back on their feet financially spent money she didn't have and issued edicts that caused alot of stress throughout the school system. I am so fed up with people praising someone who doesn't deserve it. Let's face it she was in the right place at the right time otherwise she would have never been the superintendant of the Mentor school system. Anyone else out there who has the intestinal fortitude to speak their mind, let's hear your thoughts.

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