Barrington School District exploring John Gray tribute

John Gray, shown here before his retirement in 2009. John Gray, shown here before his retirement in 2009.

John Gray, shown here before his retirement in 2009.

The Barrington School Committee heard a few ideas on establishing a tribute to former Barrington High School Principal John Gray Thursday night though no final decisions were made.

School Superintendent Michael Messore said he had heard of informal conversations at the high school centered on dedicating either the auditorium or library in Mr. Gray’s name. Mr. Messore, however, asked that current principal Joe Hurley be allowed to take an active lead on those ideas and pursue further feedback from faculty, staff and the community.

Mr. Hurley was not in attendance at Thursday’s meeting.

Mr. Gray passed away earlier this year. He previously served as high school principal from 1980 through 2009.

School committee member Kate Brody said she too has heard of the auditorium mentioned as a possible tribute while member Chris Ramsden said it would be good to get input from Mr. Gray’s family.

School committee chairman Patrick Guida said Mr. Gray is “certainly deserving” of such a tribute, which would be precedent setting in the community.

The matter is expected to be re-visited at a future meeting.

 

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