Drivers traveling on Barnes Road may notice a new update to the Waterford Union High School Environmental Center.

The School Board recently voted to change the name to the Paul Bixler Environmental Center.

Bixler is a retired staff member from Waterford Union High School. He served in the science department from 1961-1995 and has since been enjoying retirement, according to school district officials.

Waterford Union High School officials unveil a new sign at the school’s Environmental Center honoring former teacher Paul Bixler during a recent ceremony. Gathered for the event are (from left) Douglas Schwartz, School Board treasurer; Nancy Klemko, clerk; Paul Bixler; Lucas Francois, superintendent; and Dennis Purtell, vice president. (Submitted photo)

During his time at Waterford Union High School, he was the science department chairman, director of vocational night school, and the faculty chairman of the national honor society.

He was also a recipient in 1986 and 1987 of the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Earthguard Award.

School officials said Bixler was a prime force in the development of the Waterford Environmental Center. He believed that the best way to learn was through hands-on activities, they said.

With the help of Don Harmeling, the two started to plant trees and create an environmental place for students to learn for many generations to come.

A small ceremony was held to honor Bixler with friends, family, and former colleagues in attendance. T.S. Signs and Designs created the new sign.