PenDragon - the official magazine of Lyford Cay International School PenDragon Vol 4, Spring 2018 - Page 18

Mrs Dingman prepares to cut the ribbon. Governor Katie Izmirlian speaks about the Dingman family’s role in developing the school. LCIS DEDICATES STATE-OF-THE-ART BUILDING IN HONOR OF THE DINGMAN FAMILY By Taige J Adderley, Communications Coordinator Lyford Cay International School dedicated its brand new, state-of-the-art multipurpose building in honour of the Dingman family on Thursday 12 April. The dedication was conducted in an intimate ceremony attended by the Dingmans’ close family and friends and members of the LCIS community. Under the Dingmans’ tenure, the enrolment and staff of LCIS doubled and its campus grew in size and sophistication. During this time, the school also received accreditation from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Present at the ceremony were Elizabeth Dingman and her sons, David and Patrick. Mrs Dingman and her late husband Michael filled a number of official and unofficial roles at LCIS, most prominently as lifetime Governors beginning in the early 1990s. The Dingmans’ vision for LCIS, as well as their philanthropic work, leadership and dedication, were instrumental in shaping the high-quality educational experience that the school provides today. The Dingman family lead the way in establishing the school as a non-profit and saved the school from closure and demolition in the 90s. As the school’s lease was expiring and alternative uses for the property were being considered, the Dingmans successfully negotiated the land purchase, thereby securing the future of LCIS and allowing it to evolve into the beloved institution that it is today. Dr Stacey Bobo, principal, noted the Dingmans’ extraordinary impact on the school, remarking, “We would not have the opportunities we have today or a great school to lead without the work of Mrs Dingman and her husband. And now, this legacy will live on through the children and the teachers who will use Dingman Hall every day.” Patrick Dingman shares some remarks during the ceremony. Guests enjoyed performances from the Elementary Choir and Steel orchestra. Dingman Hall is a versatile building that will host school assemblies, concerts, plays, parent workshops, co-curriculars, student presentations, as well as physical education classes and lunch during inclement weather. The building is the latest development in an extensive master plan for the school’s expansion that includes a picturesque new secondary campus less than one kilometer away from the current campus. 18 19 (l-r) Board Co-chair Bruce Fernie; Principal Stacey Bobo; David, Elizabeth and Patrick Dingman; Board Co- chair Bryan Glinton