At Monday night’s regular Altus Schools Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Roger Hill recognized Cadet Captain Dayna Brown for being selected to participate in the joint Science and Technology Institute in Englewood, Md. from July 23 through Aug.t 5. There were 900 students in the United States who applied and only 60 made the cut. Brown was the only student chosen from Oklahoma.
Hill also reported the total difference amount of $178,115.59 lost due to the recent state budget cuts. More information about the cuts will be in the Wednesday edition of the Altus Times.
The consent agenda was approved and the board also approved naming the City-School Swimming Complex to the Linda Wiginton Swimming Complex. Wiginton began her teaching English for Altus Public Schools in 1975 and became head swimming coach and PE teacher in 1981. She played an integral part of developing the swimming PE curriculum and instituting rules and regulations for the pool use. She has been head swimming coach for 35 years and won many coaching titles and led her students to many state championship titles. In 2015 she was the National Coach of the Year for boys swimming. In June 2016 she will receive the (NHSCACA) OK Coach of the Year for boys swimming in 2015-top eight national finalist- at a banquet in Louisville , Ky.
“I am very excited for what she has instilled in the student athletes,” said School Board President Stephen Barnett. Board member Kelley Duncan said, “You touch kid’s lives and make a difference.” Debra Phillips gave Wiginton praise and recognition saying, “You have brought a lot of honor to the school and City of Altus.”
In other businesses, an anonymous donor has donated $41,239 for improvements to the Altus High School tennis courts. The contractor is Merritt Tennis and Track Systems. Improvements will be resurfacing and repainting courts, adding new nets, signage and wind blocks.
Brian, Kuykendell and Miller of Weatherford will be the new auditing firm for the Altus Public Schools. Business Manager Karen Sanchez made the recommendation to hire them. Sanchez said, “They were the lowest in cost, and both references spoke very highly of their services. They expressed the promptness, availability and willingness to answer questions. Both references had been with the firm in excess of 10 years.”
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