More than three years after the school district’s administration building was named after a longtime school administrator, Pete Royse’s name was affixed to the central office of the Jessamine County Board of Education.
The plaque that now graces the entrance to the Herbert H. “Pete” Royse Jr. Administration Building at 871 Wilmore Road in Nicholasville was unveiled at the start of Monday’s school-board work session. Royse’s wife, Sue, was on hand along with sons David and Mark as well as David’s wife, Carolyn, and their son, Benjamin.
Superintendent Lu Young spoke before the unveiling, saying she would never forget the naming of the
building at a special-called meeting May 6, 2009, just 10 days before Royse’s death.
“I will never forget having Pete back in the office that day and all of us clamoring to have the chance to see him and hug him one more time,” she said. “Pete’s family members, his Jessamine schools’ colleagues, and several lifelong friends gathered to celebrate the legacy that he was soon to leave behind for the school system that he loved so dearly and for which he dedicated nearly his entire professional career.”