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Ribbon-cutting ceremony
Supporters of the Food Science & Agriculture Center at Plymouth High School cut the ribbon during its grand opening celebration Oct. 1.

Food Science & Ag Center celebrates grand opening

Donors and other supporters of the Food Science & Agriculture Center at Plymouth High School gathered Oct. 1 to celebrate the grand opening of this innovative, collaborative facility.

The community is invited to get its first look at the building during the Homecoming Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

“This new facility, the Food Science and Agriculture Center, is a symbol of the commitment to the future of our community,” Plymouth School District Superintendent Carrie Dassow told the nearly 200 people attending the grand opening.

Noting that the facility was a dream for a long time and advanced by numerous people, including the late Mark Rhyan, Dr. Dassow said it makes possible new curriculum that will engage students, heighten their interest in food science and allow them to form relationships with area employers that hopefully will lead them to choose to raise their families in the Plymouth area.

“I always say that we have a responsibility to dream for our students, and this is a dream that has become a reality thanks to all of you here tonight,” she said. “The Plymouth School District staff and students are grateful to everyone who contributed and supported this project and believed in our dreams.”

Board of Education President Tim St. Clair also thanked all who supported the project, including the Plymouth Education Foundation, which raised the $1 million needed to build it. “The building will allow us to provide a higher level of learning for our students,” Mr. St. Clair said.

For more than 25 years, the foundation has been providing financial support to the district, said board president Crystal Fieber. “The foundation is proud to partner with the district and lead support for innovative initiatives like this new center that maintain the long-standing tradition of excellence in education, which Plymouth is well-known for,” she said.

Anne Troka, who as the foundation’s executive director was charged with leading the capital campaign, said she is grateful the community places such a high value on education.

“Each of you made this center possible for our students and our community,” she said. “It is outstanding to see what can be achieved when we partner together and make a long-term investment to benefit our students and our community.”

Louie Gentine, who with Dave Ohman served as honorary chairmen of the capital campaign, noted that the school district, business community, city and community all contributed to this unique learning environment. “This happened because many people believe in this school,” he said.

He also said it will benefit a wide variety of students – those headed for college or technical degrees or directly into he workforce – plus community members as well. “Excellent local schools give families who are considering moving here a top reason to make Plymouth their home,” he added. “I am proud to be a part of this new learning center and I look forward to more opportunities for our community to partner with the district and the foundation to continue to provide a high quality education in Plymouth, which is closely tied to the long-term success of our community.”

Teresa Suttner, who with Nancy Jusky served as chairwomen of the capital campaign, thanked the more than 160 individuals, businesses and organizations who donated to the project. “This center will open doors for students and their futures following high school graduation, as well as provide excellent reasons for our students to return as future residents in our community,” she said.

Mrs. Jusky said she was very proud of the community for placing such a high priority on education. “There is a small moment when great becomes spectacular, and you’re in it,” she said. “Plymouth understands the value of continually moving forward to keep our community vibrant.”

Mayor Don Pohlman said the city was privileged to contribute to the project. “We are truly blessed to have a community that invests in the future for one and all,” he said.

Michael Thompson from the state Department of Instruction lauded the district and community for working together to create a facility that will prepare people to compete in a worldwide market.

“Projects like this really tell a lot about the character of a community,” he said. “I want my kids to go here. How far do you bus?”

Mike Lanser of Lakeshore Technical College said the facility will greatly enhance the PHS academic program and demonstrates that students are at the center of the district’s vision. “No matter how impressive this facility is, even more impressive are the teachers,” he added, noting that they are the ones who will ensure the center is a quality learning environment.

Dane Checolinski of the Sheboygan Economic Development Corp. said he has long been impressed by how Plymouth has taken the lead on initiatives such as its partnership with LTC, soft skills, INSPIRE Sheboygan County and Youth Apprenticeships. “What’s next for your district?” he asked.

Dan Mella, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and PHS Principal Jennifer Rauscher said what’s next are connections between the class curriculum and real-life experiences in the food science and agriculture fields.

“Growth of this program will be organic – no pun intended – as it will depend on the partnerships that develop,” Mr. Mella said.

The dedication ceremony included a ribbon-cutting and presentation of a plaque from the foundation to the district. Erv and Linda Golembiewski, whose initial donation kick-started the capital campaign, planted a ceremonial seed.

Attendees were able to tour the facility, as PHS students explained some of its state-of-the-art features, including aquaponics, hydroponics and refractometers.

They also enjoyed hors d’oeuvres created by PHS Culinary Arts students and District Food Service, including Caramel Apple Cupcakes developed by student Moriah Butters especially for the event.


Capital Campaign donors/supporters


Legacy ($25,000+)
• Erv and Linda Golembiewski
• Plymouth Education Foundation and Plymouth School District
• Sargento Foods
• Masters Gallery Foods
• Sartori Company
• City of Plymouth
• Anonymous Donor
• Judy and Lonny Sisson, In Memory Of Leland Haslee, Class of 1922, and three succeeding generations of Haslees

Visionary ($10,000-$24,999)
• Plymouth Foam
• Suttner Accounting/Joe and Teresa Suttner
• Greg and Kristin Strehlow, In Memory Of Dewayne Strehlow
• Mike and Nicole McEvoy
• Great Lakes Cheese
• Louie and Paula Gentine
• Jos. Schmitt Construction Legacy Fund
• BankFirst National
• Barbara A. Siegert Memorial Fund

Innovator ($5,000-$9,999)
• Francis Chiropractic/Dan and Jean Francis
• In Memory Of Todd Hunter
• Shelly and Travis Trepanier
• Larry and Kathy Gentine
• Baker Cheese Factory

Exemplar ($2,500-$4,999)
• George and Yvonne Hoff
• Plymouth Lions Club, In Honor Of Dennis Erdly
• Tricor Insurance and Financial Services
• Cascade Cheese Company
• Kristi and Joe Jankowski
• Cedar Valley Cheese
• Glacier Transit & Storage
• Joshua Gentine
• Anonymous
• Brad and Lori Baus
• Jonathan Gentine Family
• Milk Specialties
• Jerry and Pat Moriarty
• Focus Physical Therapy/Peggy and Dan Huhn
• Plymouth FFA Alumni

Scholar ($1,000-$2,499)
• Plymouth Rotary
• Fairview Elementary School Parent Organization
• Patrick and Tanya Buchanan, In Memory of John Michael Buchanan
• Meyer Motors
• Steve and Laura Sartori
• K-W Electric
• Mark and Karen Rhyan Family Trust
• Jamie Klemme Gambrell Family
• Todd and Karri Neils
• Ann Haslee Bengtson, In Memory Of Leland H. Haslee Class of 1922
• Culinary Arts/FCCLA
• Jim and Kathy Buchanan, In Memory Of John Michael Buchanan
• Drs. Steve and Renee Staehling, MD
• Bill Cain
• Drewry Farms Maple Products
• Morgan Stanley
• Community Bank & Trust
• Badgerland Financial
• Nancy and John Jusky
• BMO Harris Bank
• Dr. Cindy and Darren Munson Family
• Plymouth FFA
• PHS Community Hog Roast
• The Review
• PHS Class of 2014
• Steve and Sheila Thiel, In Memory Of Monte (Pete) Williams, Grandfather to Spencer (Class of 2012) and Stephanie & Stuart (Class of 2015)
• Jeff and Marsha Mueller

Leader ($500-$999)
• Paul and Anne Gamoke
• Mike and Katie Meyer
• Paul and Kathy Sartori
• Waldo State Bank
• Robert Fifrick Family, In Memory Of Velma "Pat" Schoenfeld Fifrick, Class of 1930; In Honor Of Sandra Fifrick Draheim, Class of 1961; Judith Fifrick Thompson, Class of 1962; and Theodore Robert Fifrick, Class of 1966
• John Ziegler
• Virginia Suhrke
• Dr. Carrie and Steve Dassow
• Lynn and Randy Kulow
• Dr. Andrea Gavin
• Scott and Colleen McConnaha
• James and Cynthia Flanagan
• Rory and Anne Nelson
• Rohde Brothers Inc.
• Ted and Sharon Nytes
• Terry and Janice Abraham
• Sheboygan County Dairy Promotion Association
• Dharmesh Murthy
• Randy, Sue, Nathan and Anna Kleinhans
• Joe and Sylvia Hemauer Family
• Merlin P. Limberg Family
• Anton and Fredericka Noordyk
• Dr. Dave and Barb Ohman
• Faye and Jim Hughes, In Memory Of Wallace H. Kleinhans
• Patricia and Jim Wachter
• Culver's Community Donation Night
• Sheboygan County Master Gardener Volunteers
• Dr. Clark and De De Reinke

Mentor ($100-$499)
• Dan and Jessica Mella
• Gale and Lyndon Litt
• Randy Meyer
• Coni and Richard Klimpel, In Honor Of Richard Gold 2007 and Charles Klimpel 2013
• David and Jean Wacker
• Nancy S. Leach
• Keith and Ellen Enstrom
• In Memory Of John DeZwarte Jr.
• Gary and Patty Huberty
• Triona - Antoinette's, Antonio's, and Amore
• Kristin and Sam Nytes
• Phil Delpierre
• Ronald and Judy Baldock
• Gale and Renae Grahn
• Kevin and Jenny Loehr
• David and Bethany Morris
• Mark and Susan Feick
• Dairy Doctors Veterinary Services, SC
• Caren and Mark Johnson
• Fritz and Jeannie Johanning, In Memory Of Wally Grube
• Brent and Jeane Sager
• J.W. Steiner
• Zach, Josh, Steph, and Will Hunter
• Chris Scudella
• Mark and Barbara Drewry Zimmerman
• John and Dawn Mueller
• Jeff and Mary Margaret Lubach
• Mary Suhrke
• Doris Herbst
• Karen Kuhn
• David and Kendra Ford
• Arlene and Deanna Lindow, In Memory Of Norman Lindow
• Anne and Mike Troka
• Wally Taylor In Honor Of Gene and Kathy Kaestner
• Jay and Jill Grosshuesch
• Richard and Abbie Willits
• Ruth and Thomas Miller
• Jeff and Kim Welsch
• Dr. Michael and Cathie Jacquat
• Janice Hovey
• Sally and Eldon Isely
• Rick and Krista Kriegel
• Jamie and Bob Piontkowski
• Plymouth Panther Football Booster Club
• Don Pohlman
• Brian and Ann Hellmer
• Jim and Debbie Birenbaum
• Brenda and Chris Dale
• Bruce and Brenda Friederichs
• Michael and Janet Newton
• Tracy and Joe Heinbuch
• John and Jodi Schoerner
• Jerold Berg

Friend ($1-$99)
• Janice Schneider
• Glen and Bernadine Radle
• Scott Buelke
• Scott and Kelly Haefs
• Todd and Kristin Rortvedt
• David Hubing
• Jack and Marilyn Frymire
• Lynda Mella
• Cheryl Reilly
• Greg and Kelly McFarlin
• Ron and Sharon Shoenfeld
• John and Gweneth Krueger
• Richard York
• Gerald and Donna Picard
• Lorelei Kieweg
• Judith Prange
• Rose Ann Basler
• Jerry Hernandez and Barb Hembel
• Joan Piscitello
• Robert and Susan Bulin
• Tom and Pam Turicik
• Kay Tharp
• Katie Schamberger
• Kathryn and Mark Murray
• John and Cheryl Roehre
• Laurelle Lubotsky

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