By ROBERT S. MERRIL
DAYTON – West Side Superintendent Melvin Beutler and his wife, Carol, were honored and expressed surprise Thursday evening at an open house in their honor at the Elwell Gymnasium when trustees announced the middle school would be named after him.
School board chair Tyler Bowles said the Fine Arts building, which houses the superintendent’s office, will now be known as Melvin Beutler Middle School.
Bowles, on behalf of the trustees, expressed appreciation to Beutler for his years of service to the district. He told the crowd of 150 that Beutler had a reputation of being frugal and stretching every annual budget any way he could.
“That includes this building. He even scavenged some of the top-row seats from a classic Salt Lake City building,” said Bowles.
Classrooms on the top floor of the building are being completed and the middle school will move in coming months from Harold B. Lee Elementary complex to its new home.
Beutler is retiring next month after serving 25 years as superintendent.
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