During an emotional meeting recalling the life and legacy of educator Dan Vallez, the Board of Education enthusiastically approved a proposal to name the recently purchased Perl Mack Community Center after him.
The Daniel C. Vallez Family Education Center, located at 7125 Mariposa Street, will meet the needs of students and their families with services ranging from language support to general health care. Vallez, who worked as both an assistant principal and principal in the district, was also passionate about family services and ran the “VOICES” program for the district before retiring in 2010.
He died the following year but is fondly recalled by many in the district. Superintendent Pam Swanson called him, “a dear friend” and a “community builder”.
Vallez’s children Daniella and Johan attended the meeting as did many of his family and friends.