Leon Bass ‘a man of courage and dignity’
All the notable achievements of the Madera County Office of Education will now be displayed in a new trophy case which was dedicated Tuesday to a man who served the office for nearly four decades and whose birthday would have been today.
The late Leon Bass was a member of the county board of education from 1973 to 2012. He died April 30, 2013.
Bass represented area three, which includes the Chowchilla Unified School District, Alview-Dairyland Union School District and parts of Madera Unified School District. He was an avid fan of the Chowchilla High School Redskins, which was why the red-and-white polka-dotted ribbon that was laced over the trophy case resembled the school’s colors, organizers said.
Bass’ widow, Evelyn, their son, Leonard, and Leonard’s wife, Cynthia, attended the trophy case dedication ceremony in the lobby of the Dr. Sally L. Frazier Instructional Support Center. About 25 people, including board members, gathered to see Sally Frazier cut the ribbon. Frazier was the Madera County Superintendent of Schools during most of the time Bass was a board member, but he also served under Norman M. Gould’s leadership and during the beginning of current Madera County Superintendent of Schools Cecilia Massetti’s term...