Alencon — Dan Barbanack spent the last 20 years of his life working at Alancon Public Schools before he died earlier this month.
Verbanac worked for 20 years as the Technology Director at Alencon’s school. Although this was not a teaching role, he still maintained a close relationship with his students, superintendent Rachel Cook said.
“He would tell you he didn’t work with students,” Cook said in an email. If a student forgets their password or their device doesn’t work, go down and see Dan.”
Cook says that each year, teachers invite Barbanack to participate in classroom events, such as carving pumpkins with kindergarteners.
In response to Verbanac’s passing, the District of Alençon made available counselors, social workers, and middle school district staff to support students and staff struggling with Verbanac’s death.
The district also held a moment of silence in his honor on 14 February.
According to his obituary, the Verbanac family opened a memorial scholarship fund at Citizens National Bank in lieu of services at this time.
Cook said the scholarship would be exciting for the district as there are currently no scholarships available for Alencon students.
“This scholarship will be great for students,” Cook said. “There are no other scholarships dedicated to Alenson students. It warms my heart to know that this scholarship honors Dan as well.”
Cook said the Barbanacks will decide how the scholarship will be distributed. She said her family will get in touch with her when her decision is made on how to spend her money.
“We will always remember him whenever a student was selected for this scholarship,” Cook said in an email. “Dan was always giving back to his students.
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In a letter to the district community, Cook said Barbanack is always happy to offer a kind word, a clever trick, or a joke that makes people smile.
“Dan was a great colleague to work with. It didn’t matter if we needed help in the tech world he would be there to fix it,” she said. said in an e-mail. They listened and did everything for us!”
Those interested in contributing to the Memorial Scholarship Fund can do so at Citizens National Bank.
— Please contact Education Reporter Carly Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org). Follow her on her Twitter.@KarlyGrahamJRN.