Community Applauds Dr. Renée H. Lacey Learning Center
Posted on 10/20/2017
Architects's rendering of sign on Renee H. Lacey Learning Center

(Updated 10/20/17 to show programs that will be housed in Independence Nontraditional School)

The legacy of Dr. Renée H. Lacey will live on beyond the memory of those who knew her. Lacey was director of the Office of Student Management and Alternative Programs (OSMAP) at the time of her sudden death in July 2017.

With an audience on October 18 that filled the meeting room to capacity, the School Board named the media center at Independence Nontraditional School in Lacey’s honor. The school will house the current PACE East program, New Dominion and New Directions Alternative Centers.

Family, friends, colleagues, and School Board members shared their experiences, respect, and love for Dr. Lacey at the meeting, speaking in support of the recommendation to name the media center for Lacey. Bishop Leonard Lacey, Renée’s husband, gave the invocation at the meeting and spoke on behalf of her family. 

“It was an honor and a privilege to work with her,” said Superintendent Steve Walts. “She was unbelievably self-motivated in her work; most of us were trying to keep up with her.” 

“It is an honor to be in a position to preserve her legacy,” said Vice Chairman Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan). Dr. Lacey was committed to higher level learning and dedicated to helping all students overcome adversity and find their personal paths to victory.

Lacey led the summer school program that over the years helped thousands of high school students who had come up just short of completion, to surmount barriers, sharpen their skills, and to earn the diplomas that opened countless doors.

Jessie noted the Dr. Renée H. Lacey Scholarship Fund, created by staff in the Office of Student Services, as an additional way to carry on Lacey’s legacy. Depending on the generosity of donors, financial awards will be given annually to one or more graduates of the PWCS summer school program who plan to pursue higher education within a year of receiving their high school diploma. Donations may be sent to PWCS Education Foundation, P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108. In the memo line of all checks, please write: “For the Dr. Renée H. Lacey Scholarship Fund.”           

*Updated 10/20/17

Archetecht's rendering of Renee H. Lacey Learning Center