DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) – – A new administrative service center was dedicated in honor of a retired superintendent Wednesday morning.
Dr. David Fields attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house tour of the new Dr. David L. Fields Administrative Service Center, located at 110 E. Williams Street.
Former councilman Lloyd Randle introduced Fields, calling Wednesday “a great day” for the city of Danville.
“Dr. Fields, while you might shy away from this observation, it is your life’s work, your accomplishments, service to humanity, dedication and unyielding commitment to education that resembles or can be marked by eminence and distinction,” Randle said.
Fields, who attended Jackson Grade School and graduated from Danville High School in 1953, worked in education for more than 40 years. He served as superintendent for Danville’s school district from 1991 to 2001, before serving on the Illinois Board of Education from 2004 to 2014.
He said education has always been a top priority in his life.
“It was truly a village trying to raise the kids that I knew, and I appreciate that so much,” Fields said. “It’s meant so much to me to see so many of the people that I work with go off, get their education and are in meaningful positions around the country.”
The board room was packed for Fields’ speech. The audience included former classmates and students, including some who are now teachers themselves.
“It’s challenging,” Fields said of teaching. “It’s going to be challenging, but it’s always going to be challenging. Times change, people change, but I just think that it is absolutely necessary that we get the best that we can and the brightest that we can to stand in front of our kids and teach them and prepare them for the future.”
After Fields’ remarks, he cut the ribbon in front of the new center. People toured the building and celebrated the honoree with cake.