Murray praised

Dennis Murray dedicated his life’s work to making our community a better place to live, especially for our youth.

It has been through his vision and leadership that the Altoona Area School District has become one of the best within the commonwealth.

Its innovative educational programs, sophisticated academic standards, as well as its outstanding staff and boards, were directed and motivated by his involvement.

Its quality building program and its campuses reflect his emphasis on excellence.

The sports, cultural and extra-curricular activities are exemplary.

I cannot think of another school district in Pennsylvania that has comprehensively maintained all of its high standards while at the same time rarely raising taxes and accumulating a $52 million fund balance.

For 29 years of a job well done, Murray deserves our appreciation.

Michael M. Strueber