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ESD 105 names new building in honor of SHS grad

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Maggie Perez

YAKIMA - The nearly completed new office and meeting facility at Educational Service District 105 now has a name: the Maggie Perez Student Success Center. Perez is a Sunnyside High School graduate.

The name selected by the ESD 105 Board of Directors honors the memory and contributions of its former member who passed away on July 4 of this year. Also, the ESD Board set the new building's ribbon cutting ceremony for Thursday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m.

Perez served the seven-member ESD 105 Board from 2003 until this past May, representing the west portion of the Yakima School District. She also served the statewide Association of Educational Service Districts' Executive Board for seven years, including a term as its president during 2005-2006.

Perez, who was the valedictorian of her graduating class at Sunnyside High School, promoted education locally in her professional life. She worked as the academic coordinator for recruitment for Washington State University's College of Nursing in Yakima from 2001 until this year. In that role, she helped students from disadvantaged backgrounds earn academic skills toward graduation from WSU's College of Nursing, coordinated tutoring programs, and matched students with community and national nursing mentors. She also worked as a program assistant with Yakima Valley Community College from 1988 to 2001 in a position where she helped displaced homemakers enter college.

Perez also had extensive training in Hispanic and English parenting programs and was active with the YWCA Board, the WSU Yakima County Extension Committee, the Millennium Plaza Project Committee and the Dispute Resolution Center. She attended Heritage University in Toppenish, graduating with a B.A. degree in psychology and a Master's degree in educational counseling.

ESD 105 Superintendent Steve Myers praised the selection of the name of the new building, saying, "We are elated that the building naming committee chose to honor Maggie because of her leadership and commitment to improving the lives of the children and families in the ESD 105 region. She showed unparalleled commitment in her willingness to use her skills to serve others. The members of our staff who are working in the building that will bear her name are people who are similarly focused on providing the resources necessary to help each student be successful in school."

Members of the ESD 105 Educational Services team - a little more than half of the agency's staff - began moving into the new building on Aug. 2. The main floor of the new facility now contains the operations for the agency's special education, literacy, arts, math and science programs. The top floor is the new home for the assistant superintendent for educational services as well as staff for migrant education, early learning, school nursing, counseling, school safety, drug and alcohol prevention and intervention, and other learning support programs.

The 32,046 square-foot building is located at 111 S. 2nd Avenue in Yakima. It is the first modular constructed office facility in Yakima and was built at an estimated cost of $3.9 million.

The new facility joins the agency's A.W. Allen Business Building and Fred Greenough Conference Center, which are located north of the newly added structure on 2nd Avenue.

Maggie Perez

1 Corey Russell 8/24/2010 3:06 PM

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