The Fairfield Board of Education has unanimously agreed to dedicate and name Fairfield Woods Middle School's fitness center to the memory of the late Ray Agostino, the school's assistant principal from 1990 to 2007.

Greg Hatzis, the school's principal, went before the board Tuesday night with the request at its last meeting in March, saying that Agostino, who died in 2010 from pancreatic cancer, was a dedicated proponent of good fitness and healthy living as well as a fixture at local gyms.

Cindy Metz, a physical education teacher at the school, seconded Hatzis' request, stating that Agostino was instrumental in getting the school's fitness program started and advocated that he program consist of activities students could use for life.

Agostino, a 1956 graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School who worked in the school district for 45 years, taught at North Stratfield Elementary School before becoming assistant principal at Tomlinson Middle School and then Fairfield Woods. In 2007, he was awarded Fairfield's Town Employee of the Year award.

Board members spoke in favor of Hatzis' request at its March meeting but also discussed the need for a formal policy concerning the dedication of school facilities. That task was assigned to the board's Policy Committee.

Board members made no comments on the motion Tuesday night before casting its vote.

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