Richard Krajczar’s Legacy at ACS

Richard Krajczar

Richard Krajczar had a significant impact on the growth and development of ACS during his tenure as Superintendent from 1979-1989. Thirty years after he departed ACS, we can still see the footprints he left behind. Richard facilitated the school's first accreditation visit, obtained proper licensing for the school through the local Ministries and Municipalities, he worked with the government to allow Jordanians to attend ACS, he held the first graduation ceremony at the ancient Roman city of Jerash where the tradition holds till this day, and he broke ground and worked on the planning and construction of the Athletics and Fine Arts center. Richard was also a long standing member of NESA and served as their President for many years. 
 
Before his arrival, the ACS mascot was the Falcon and the school colors were blue and white.  At that time, Richard was a founding member of the EMAC activities league and there were three other schools in the conference with the same mascot and colors.  He somehow learned that when the American International School in Kabul had shut down due to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, all of the school's sports equipment was boxed and stored.  He worked with the US State Department to have all of the uniforms, equipment, etc. from Kabul shipped to Jordan. Their mascot was the Scorpion and their colors were black and gold. And this is how ACS Amman came to become the black and gold home of the Scorpions!
 
Given his contribution to ACS, and to international schools over the last 40 years, the ACS Board of Trustees has agreed to name the facility he helped build in his honor.
 

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Ceremony Program

Ceremony Program

Starting at 1:00 pm, school will be open for exploring and refreshments.  

4:00 pm: Time to mingle, view pictures and videos around the ceremony area, and view the plaque posted inside the building.

4:10 pm:  Opening comments by Superintendent Larry McIlvain

4:20 pm:  Comments by David Chojnocki

4:30 pm:  Tribute for the Krajczar family

4:40 pm:  Comments by those who would like to share a few comments about Dick

5:00 pm:  Unveiling of the Name

5:10 pm:  Closure and Refreshments

 

Useful Information

Accommodations: There are numerous hotels in Amman offering everything from 2-Star to 4-Star experiences along with private accommodations through Airbnb. Larger hotel chains in Amman include the Fairmont, Sheraton, Crowne Plaza, Marriott, Grand HyattInterContinentalAyass and Larsa among others. Visit Jordan's website has a listing with links to all the hotels in the area. For more information on hotels in Jordan, click here.

Visa: Passport holders from most countries can obtain visa-on-arrival at Queen Alia International Airport. Jordan issues visas to U.S. citizens for a fee at most international ports of entry and at most international land border crossings upon arrival. Multiple-entry visas are only available from Jordanian embassies/consulates. The cost if 40JD ($56.60 USD) for a single entry and can be paid by cash or credit card. ATM machines are also available. You are advised to check the official Visit Jordan website for the latest list of countries and their visa requirements. For more information on visas, click here

Transportation: Taxis in Amman are safe and readily available. They are yellow, operated by meter and can be arranged though the hotel or periodically drive by on the street by the school. Uber and Careem are also widely used throughout the city. They are very reliable and often preferred over taxis. ACS is often confused with Modern American School, so we suggest telling the driver "8th circle, Royal Automobile Club." For more information about transportation in Jordan, click here.

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