Anyone who lived in Plano or attended Plano schools during the past five decades knew of the late William D. Woody, and many people knew him personally.
For this reason, he will soon be recognized and honored by Plano School District 88 officials.
Scott Flynn who served as a Plano School Board member from 2001-2008, spoke to board members June 17 and asked that Woody be recognized for his many contributions to the district.
Woody died in 2016.
Flynn said he served on the board while Woody was Plano superintendent.
Kathy Benoit, Plano administrative assistant to the superintendent and board of education, said Woody served in the Plano school district as a teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent from 1974 to 2007.
“Bill Woody was employed by the Plano school district in various positions from 1974 to 1984, including junior high PE teacher, coach, junior high counselor, high school assistant principal and athletic director, and middle school and elementary school principal,” Benoit said.
She said Woody left Plano for a period of time to serve as principal of a school in Crookston, Minnesota, then served as superintendent of schools in Serena.
“Mr. Woody returned to the Plano district as superintendent of schools from 1992 to 1997 and then again from 2001 to 2007,” Benoit said.
“Mr. Woody was instrumental in having Indian Valley Vocational Center students construct the building that is now the district’s administration office.
“At that time, the district office was housed in the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home at 1010 W. South Street (Route 34) in Plano and the funeral home is still there. The school district rented a suite of rooms on the third floor of the building,” Benoit said.
She noted that at the same time, the Life Skills Program for the Kendall County Special Education Cooperative also rented an apartment on the same floor, so special needs students could learn the essentials of running their own apartment such as cooking, laundry, cleaning, etc.
She said Woody felt it would be more fiscally responsible to construct a building on district-owned property, so the building formerly known as the Bingaman Building was demolished in 2004 to make space for the new and present administration office.
“This is why Mr. Flynn feels it would be nice to dedicate the administration office in Mr. Woody’s memory,” Benoit added.
Flynn presented school board members with a draft of what will be on the plaque along with a photo of Woody.
“In recognition of a career of commitment to the Plano school district’s students, staff, and community, and a vision to partner with Indian Valley Vocational Center for building trades students to construct this building in 2005. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
Superintendent Tony Baker said the plaque will be finalized by the district’s architects, Cordogan, Clark & Associates, and will be placed in the vestibule of the administration office at 800 S. Hale St..