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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

AME construction team loses member, moves forward

Anna Maria Elementary School will be one of the last projects to carry the spirit and vision of Educational Design Associates Architect Tom Cardinal, who passed away this week.

AME Principal Kathy Hayes was saddened by the news. "Cardinal was extremely intelligent and a gifted architect," she said. "He had a passion for providing the best school possible."

AME's project is set to move forward, Hayes said. Hayes believes AME's project was approved by the school board last month and said that it has already gone out to bid with W.G. Mills.

Hayes recently learned that Cardinal had been selected as the architect for King Middle School's construction project and is sad that they will miss his "talents and comradeship."

"We're fortunate we got to work with him on one of his very last projects," she said.

Hayes said Cardinal had the ability to look at AME's needs from a parent's point of view, since he was actively involved in his own children's education, but he also had a desire to protect the interest of the teachers and their on-the-job needs.

The staff at AME plans to send the Cardinal family flowers and Hayes said she will be sending a personal letter of condolence to the family.

Despite the turmoil that surrounded AME's construction plans, Hayes said Cardinal "was always a gentleman and tried not to take things personally. He didn't let little hurdles keep him down."

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