Episcopal School to turn slain head of school's office into science lab

Published On: Aug 31 2012 12:25:07 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 31 2012 12:25:40 PM EDT

Dale Regan

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Episcopal School of Jacksonville has announced it will renovate the office of late Head of School Dale Regan into a science laboratory.

"The decision made regarding use of this space was deliberately thought out and made in with input from Dale's family and our school community," Acting Head of School Charley Zimmer said. "While we had to consider the limitations of the physical structure of the building, we made this decision knowing it was the best use of space in accordance with her family's wishes. It was clear to them and to us that the right thing to do was integrate this space back into the life of the school, where it will get daily use and be a space of activity and learning."

Regan, 63, was shot and killed in her office by fired teacher Shane Schumerth, who then killed himself, according to police.

In March, Episcopal will dedicate a new plaza around its Great Oak in the center of campus in Regan's memory. Donations to the Dale Regan Memorial Fund will be used for this project, the school said.

The Great Oak was important to Regan and was a special gathering place for her and her sons, John and Duke Regan, the school said. School officials said a plaza to protect and preserve the Great Oak was one of Regan's dreams for Episcopal, making it a fitting memorial for her.

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