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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

House Resolution

H.R.  27

House concurrent resolution honoring Frances C. LaPlaca and the late Tom LaPlaca on their induction into the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame

Offered by:  Representatives Canfield of Fair Haven, Helm of Castleton, Baker of West Rutland, Donaghy of Poultney, Potter of Clarendon and Stevens of Shoreham

Whereas, the late Tom LaPlaca and his wife, Frances (Fran) LaPlaca, commenced teaching at Fair Haven Union High School (FHUHS) in 1958, and

Whereas, rarely has a husband and wife team left so positive and enduring a legacy at a secondary educational institution, and

Whereas, Tom LaPlaca taught physical education and coached teams in baseball, basketball, and, most especially, football, and

Whereas, in the course of Tom LaPlaca’s coaching career, the FHUHS Slaters earned gridiron championship crowns on four occasions, and

Whereas, he coached the triumphant Vermont team in the 1975 Shrine football all-star game, and

Whereas, he was not only a superb coach and athletic director, but also an outstanding school administrator in his role as assistant principal, and

Whereas, since his retirement in 1988, the school has honored him in a special way, as the football and soccer teams now play on the lighted Thomas E. LaPlaca Field, and

Whereas, the work of Tom’s musically talented wife, Fran LaPlaca, has been as inspiring as her husband’s accomplishments on the FHUHS athletic fields and courts, and

Whereas, Fran LaPlaca is now in her remarkable 49th year of teaching chorus at FHUHS and continues as a creative and vibrant member of the teaching staff, and

Whereas, the choral concerts at FHUHS are known for their musical appeal and enjoyment due to her professional standards and innate teaching ability, and

Whereas, throughout their careers at FHUHS, both Tom and Fran LaPlaca inspired their students to reach for new athletic and musical heights, and

Whereas, in recognition of their unique contribution to FHUHS and to the teaching profession in Vermont, Tom and Fran LaPlaca will be inducted into the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame at a celebratory dinner on May 2, 2007, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Frances LaPlaca on her and her late husband Tom’s induction into the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Frances LaPlaca in Fair Haven, to each of her four children: James, Mary, Michael, and Theresa, and to Fair Haven Union High School.



____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


                                                                      Donald G. Milne

                                                                      Clerk, House of Representatives

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont