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West Grand school officials honor state employee by dedicating room in her memory

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As it prepares to open of its new PK-8 school building in Kremmling this week, the West Grand School District took time to thank and honor an old friend.

During a ceremony Tuesday in the new building, the West Grand Board of Education dedicated its new public meeting room as the “Cathy Shipley Community Room.” The room is located adjacent to the district offices, which are now in the PK-8 building.

The room’s dedication was in memory of Cathy Shipley, a field representative of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Over several years, she was instrumental in securing a number of state grants for the West Grand School District, Kremmling and Grand County. She died of cancer last year.

In a moving speech, Superintendent Jeff Perry praised Shipley, describing her as a true public servant.

“Cathy wanted to create a better world,” Perry said. “She took it as a personal responsibility to make life better for others. The example she set was of the power of a life well lived. It was an honor and a privilege to have known her. We are saddened to lose a colleague and a friend.”

Several others spoke in tribute including Susan Kirkpatrick of Gov. Bill Ritter’s office, who spoke of Shipley’s dedication as a state government representative who worked so well with local communities.

Also speaking was Grand County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran, who described Shipley as a “great friend to Grand County” who was responsible for “sending millions of dollars in energy impact grant funds to the county.

“We loved working with her. You never realize how special someone is until they are gone,” Curran said.

Attending the dedication ceremony were four members of Shipley’s family, including her husband, two sons and a stepson.

A dedication plaque honoring Shipley has been erected next to the community room’s entrance. It pays tribute to her “hard work for the West Grand School District,” saying she made “uncommon service seem commonplace.”

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