JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Episcopal School of Jacksonville this week will unveil a new memorial for the Head of School who lost her life in a school shooting one year ago.
The Dale D. Regan Plaza at the Great Oak will be dedicated on Wednesday, March 6.
The school wanted to create a lasting tribute to Regan around the Great Oak, which was considered a special gathering place for her and her sons.
The plaza is made from 12,000 square feet of wood decking to help protect and preserve the root system of the Great Oak which is hundreds of years old.
The tree will also provide a great place for students to come and study.
Money for the plaza came from the Dale D. Regan Memorial Fund which has raised $300,000. Some of the money was also used to refurbish her office into a new physics lab. The classroom just opened for the second semester this year. The school and Dale's family wanted the area to be devoted to learning, and be part of the everyday life of the school.
The plaza and lab are just a few of the new changes at the school.
The school added a security officer to the school campus. Students are also going through an increase in the number of emergency drills. And this summer, the school will install a state-of-the-art, campus-wide public address system.
Regan served the Episcopal community for 34 years until former teacher Shane Schumerth
stormed her office and shot her to death before taking his own life.