TOMS RIVER – The building at 1144 Hooper Avenue houses a number of school district offices. That’s why a petition was started to give it an official name.
Former Board of Education member Christopher Raimann will be asking district officials to name the building in honor of Albert J. Dietrich who was the Toms River Schools Superintendent from 1979 till 1991.
“Al was an educator and child-centered individual who helped develop the Toms River Schools into a big family,” the petition states. “In his memory and legacy I am asking the Toms River School District to name 1144 Hooper after him. The Toms River School Board policy requires 200 signatures. Al touched the lives of thousands of people who are flourishing because of him! Please help me in this worthy cause!”
The “bubble” on the campus of Intermediate East is named the John Bennett Indoor Sports Complex, named after another former superintendent.
The RWJBarnabas Health Arena is on the campus of High School North. It is named through a partnership with a sponsor. It had started as the Ritacco Center, but lost that name when that former superintendent was arrested for fraud.