Parkland Press

Sunday, September 23, 2018

School named Veterans Memorial

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

The new elementary school under construction in Upper Macungie Township has received the name Veterans Memorial, suggested by the Jaindl family who donated the land for the facility.

In gratitude for that gift of 18 acres, the board invited David and Jackie Jaindl and their children to name the school.

Board President David Kennedy provided background.

When Parkland realized the need for another school in the high growth, southwestern portion of the district, David Jaindl contributed an ideal piece of land “for the extremely generous purchase price of zero dollars,” recalled Kennedy.

“We thought it was an appropriate action to express appreciation for the land. The name conforms to district policy,” stated Kennedy.

At the June 19 meeting, David Jaindl stepped forward with comments.

“On behalf of my wife and my children, we are honored to name Parkland’s new elementary school Veterans Memorial.

“What segment in our community is more worthy of being honored than veterans, particularly those veterans who have lost their lives while protecting our freedoms.

“My dad, Fred J. Jaindl, and my father-in-law Joseph H. Brown, were veterans. We have a lot of colleagues and employees who are veterans, as is my good friend Attorney Joe Zator.

“My wife and I and our five children attended Parkland. It’s a good school district. All of our businesses are in Parkland School District.

“We thought it would be a good thing to do,” said Jaindl.

Veterans Memorial will be Parkland’s ninth elementary school and will accommodate about 600 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Groundbreaking took place in May for the school expected to open in September 2020.

It is located on the west side of Twin Ponds Road between Long Lane and Schantz Road, one of the district’s fastest growing areas of new residential construction.

Superintendent Richard Sniscak noted the land was appraised at $25,000 to $30,000 an acre, for a total value ranging from $450,000-$540,000.

David Jaindl, owner and president of Jaindl Farms and president of Jaindl Land Co., also donated the land some years ago for the Fred J. Jaindl school near Trexlertown.

Sniscak offered comments on the Jaindl gift and school name.

“The Parkland school board and administration are pleased with David Jaindl and his family’s choice to name its newest school after veterans who are such important members of our community.

“I want to personally thank David and Jackie Jaindl for their generous gift of land and for honoring our nation’s heroes in their ability to name the school which will serve the community for the next 50-60 years,” said Sniscak.

Kennedy provided remarks.

“The school board is so grateful for the Jaindl family’s generosity which impacts every taxpaying member of our community in a positive way, and we are honored to attach the name of Veterans Memorial to the new school,” stated Kennedy.