Lieutenant General ( Retired ) Richard Seitz said Friday he’s “deeply conscious’ of the honor bestowed on him by having the new Seitz Elementary School at Fort Riley bear his name.
The dedication ceremony for the new school in the Forsyth area of the post was held Friday.
Seitz stated, “But frankly I’m overwhelmed at the thought of finding adequate words to thank those
who made this possible. General Mayville, my superintendent of schools, and the Board of Education. Thank you so much for the honor you’ve bestowed on me.”Seitz, a Junction City resident, said he has long been an advocate for education, and especially for teachers. “Because I feel teachers are so very important. Certainly they are responsible to a great extent for the total development of our fine children.”
Joining Seitz at the ceremony were Governor Sam Brownback, Senator Jerry Moran, Undersecretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal, USD 475 Superintendent of Schools Ron Walker, and Brigadier General Don McWillie.
Seitz Elementary serves 675 students at Fort Riley. It is the first of three school projects being pursued by USD 475 and Fort Riley officials for the installation. They are also working on finalizing funding for a new middle school and they hope to obtain future funding for a second new elementary school on post.