The Tippecanoe School Board of School Trustees voted to name the Klondike Elementary School office complex in honor of longtime educator and administrator Cecil L. Helmerick. School leaders, friends, family and community members gathered at a dedication ceremony Friday, August 25.
Clarks Hill School first hired Helmerick in August 1958 where he taught for four years before being named its principal. In 1966, the TSC named Helmerick as the principal of Klondike Elementary School. He remained principal until his retirement in 1988. Helmerick passed away in June 2013.
Board president Linda Day says during Mr. Helmerick's tenure with TSC he was a much admired and respected administrator. "According to those who worked with him and for him, he had the unique ability to make everyone feel their contributions were valued, and that each employee played an important part in the success of the school, from bus drivers to custodians to kitchen workers to secretaries, nurses and teachers," says Day. "He was mentor and friend to countless teachers, many who have themselves had long careers in TSC and become mentors themselves."
In addition to his teaching career, Helmerick served as a Tippecanoe Township Trustee who helped oversee the construction of Battle Ground Elementary School, which opened in 1959.