• Hillcrest Honors Founding Board Member Pierre Joseph with New Name for Highpoint School Building 10/02/2009
Hillcrest Educational Centers changed the name of the school classroom building at its Highpoint Campus in Lenox to the Pierre Joseph Academic Center. The name change, honoring a founding board member, occurred on September 18, at a private dedication ceremony attended by many friends, family members and local dignitaries.
Hillcrest President Gerard Burke said, “We are proud to dedicate the residential school classroom building to Pierre, who was a visionary in helping develop facilities for our students with unique educational needs. Pierre is a genuinely caring and selfless man who gives of himself to help others. These are the traits we’ve worked to instill in our thousands of students over the last 25 years.”
Hillcrest Board President Mark Matthews said, “Over time the exterior of this structure will undoubtedly weather but because of the spirit and profound meaning of its mission, The Pierre Joseph Academic Center will endure.”
Hillcrest Vice President Shaun Cusson served as Master of Ceremonies and said, “We would not be celebrating this dedication if it were not for the incredible work of our staff, teachers, managers, administrators and board members. When you put their work and effort together you end up with the Pierre Joseph Academic Center, a building that comes much closer to matching the quality of the people inside it.”
Highpoint student William Rodriguez presented Joseph with a picture of the school drawn by a Highpoint student and signed by all 57 students who are presently in the program. Rodriquez said, “The new school building creates an environment where students can learn, teachers can teach and staff can help all achieve. On behalf of all the students at Highpoint and Hillcrest, I would like to thank Mr. Joseph for everything he has done to make Hillcrest a better place for kids.
Michael Joseph, son of Mr. Joseph, said, “In my life I have had many influences but I can honestly say I have yet to meet a man better than my father and I know I never will. Thank you Hillcrest for honoring him and thank you Dad for being my friend, my mentor and my hero.”
Joseph served on the Hillcrest board as a founding member until his retirement at the end of 2008, ending a 2-year stint as Board President. Joseph’s list of affiliations includes: Hancock School Committee; Chairman of the Hancock Board of Selectmen; Berkshire Health Systems Board; Hancock Shaker Village overseer; St. Mark’s Finance Committee Chairman; Pittsfield Catholic Foundation; and Pittsfield Catholic School Committee. Joseph is a licensed real estate broker in Massachusetts and New York and is affiliated with the National Association of Realtors. Joseph and Patty, his wife of 45 years, reside in Hancock, Massachusetts.
Hillcrest recently completed renovations to the school building adding space for new classrooms and centralizing all Highpoint academic activities.
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