A conference room within the new West facility community center will be named after Sandy McMahon Young, a former Piper teacher and school board member.
The announcement was made by Unified Government Commissioner Mike Kane.
Sandy was born in 1962 and died in 2002 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the oldest daughter of John III and Wanda Charbonneau McMahon, both graduates of Piper High school. John was in the class of 1959 and Wanda class of 1960. Sandy was the middle child of three, also Piper graduates, John IV (class of 1979 and Shelly, class of 1982).
Sandy attended Piper schools, K-12, and graduated in 1980. She then went on to earn her bachelor's in education from Kansas State University and her master’s degree in educational administration from Emporia State University.
Sandy McMahon married Mike Young in 1984. They have three sons. Michael, Piper class of 2007, Brock, class of 2008, and Zackary, class of 2009. Her three sons are the fifth generation of her family to attend and graduate from Piper High school.
Sandy was hired in 1984 at Lindbergh Elementary in Kansas City, Kan., School District. After teaching there one year, she was hired by the Piper School District and began a 16-year career. Sandy taught second grade for all but the last year when she moved to the fifth grade. She resigned her teaching position and ran for the Piper school board. Sandy’s homemade apple signs were placed throughout Piper by her many supporters and she scored an overwhelming victory. She was serving on the school board upon her death.
"We are thrilled about it, my children are thrilled, my wife’s parents are thrilled," said Mike Young, Sandy's husband. "We are very appreciative to Commissioner Kane for this. Sandy taught there a number of years."
Commissioner Kane stated, “I am pleased that her name will once again be sounded within the walls of the former Piper West Elementary building.”