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MEDIA ADVISORY: Kearny High School to celebrate gym remodel; honor former district employee who gave time, money to school

MEDIA ADVISORY: Kearny High School to celebrate gym remodel; honor former district employee who gave time, money to school
Posted on 09/05/2018

San Diego Unified School District

Media Advisory from the San Diego Unified School District, Sept. 5, 2018

Kearny High School to celebrate gym remodel; honor former district employee who gave time, money to school

WHAT: Kearny High School is celebrating the completion of its gym remodel, which includes new flooring, bleachers, paint, lighting, scoreboards and athletic equipment, with a ribbon cutting and dedication. The remodel was funded in part by a generous donation from the U.S. Communities Foundation, a government purchasing cooperative that donated the money in memory of the district's former Strategic Sourcing and Contracts Officer Arthur Hanby, who passed away in 2016.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, 10:45 & 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Kearny High School Gymnasium, 1954 Komet Way (92111)

DETAILS:

All students will be attending the celebration that will tentatively include the following:

  • 11 a.m. Introductions and National Anthem
  • 11:10 a.m. Guest Speakers (TBD)
  • 11:20 a.m. Countdown to the ribbon-cutting begins
  • 11:25 a.m. Cheer squad performs

BACKGROUND:

This dedication is of special significance to Kearny High and San Diego Unified. The U. S. Communities Foundation donated $50,000 to the project in memory of former district employee Arthur Hanby, who passed away in 2016.

Hanby, who led the district's Procurement department for more than 16 years, helped save the district millions through his belief and practice in innovation sourcing. It is through this belief that the Strategic Sourcing and Contracts department is able to continually deliver supplies and services to students and staff quickly and at the best value. Under his leadership, the district was recognized year-after-year with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute.

Beyond being an extraordinary leader and visionary, he was also an exceptional individual. He developed a strong relationship with Kearny High School and its students after he supervised a Kearny student in a district internship program in 2007. Hanby mentored this student until his passing. He also visited Kearny often to speak directly with students and staff to ensure that district contracts where serving site needs. Each year, he and his wife donated personal funds to a college scholarship targeting seniors that had overcome adversity.

The U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance is a government purchasing cooperative that reduces the cost of goods and services by aggregating the purchasing power of public agencies, including school districts, nationwide. When its Foundation learned of Hanby's passing, they generously donated $50,000 to Kearny High School to continue Hanby's legacy.

These funds, in addition to other district and site funds, were used to complete the year-long gym remodel project.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Rodriguez | Communications | jrodriguez6@sandi.net | 619-847-602