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At its May 16 meeting, the Edina School Board recognized Jack Rice, an “amazing” community member for his role in helping the district acquire land for a new transportation facility.
A longtime advocate for the City of Edina and Edina Public Schools, Jack became involved in the transportation facility project more than a year and a half ago when Superintendent Ric Dressen asked him for a meeting. “If Ric Dressen ever calls you and says ‘I just want to have a little conversation in my office’ to ask you a favor, that was 19 months and 10 days ago,” he joked at the board meeting.
After graduating college in 1963, Jack began working in real estate and started his consulting firm, Rice Company, in 1975. His dedication to the community never ceased. From 1973 to 1978, he served as chairman and a member of the Edina Park Board, and was co-chairman of the Edina Schools Referendum Committee in 1978. In 1988, Jack became an Edina City Council member, serving until 1994.
During the board meeting, Jack recited one of his father’s favorite quotes from Theodore Roosevelt, which says, “Every person should give some of his or her time to the up-building of the profession and the community to which they belong.”
Steadfast in that commitment, Jack agreed to volunteer his time and talents to help Edina Public Schools and the Edina School Board find a location for the new transportation facility. After visiting the existing facility for the first time, “I was shocked,” Jack said. “It wasn’t intentional. It’s just the way it is, but our drivers and mechanics shouldn’t work in conditions like that.”
“This is a team effort,” Jack said at the meeting. “The school board and the staff should be commended. Working with Wold Architects was a great pleasure. The board was firm and it was courageous. It was my pleasure to do this.”