School board approves new girls basketball coach

A crane lifts a beam into place at Adams Elementary School Monday, June 17, 2019. The project at Adams is one of many ongoing at Enid Public Schools sites. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

ENID, Okla. — Enid Public Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of a new head high school girl's basketball coach during its meeting Monday night.

Nina Gregory, assistant coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, will fill the role.

Heavy rainfall in recent weeks has delayed some construction projects in the district, according to Michael Shuck, EPS head of construction, including the EPS and Northwestern Oklahoma State University joint Early Childhood Learning Center.

When finished, the center located next to the NWOSU-Enid campus, will come equipped with classrooms for EPS pre-K students and observation rooms for NWOSU education students who will learn by watching and interacting with the children.

The center was planned to be ready by the start of the 2019-20 school year, but will be opening later into the semester.

"With as much rain as we've had ... I would be shocked if it were completely free for kids come the start of the year," Superintendent Darrell Floyd said.

Though the new facility won't be available, NWOSU-Enid is preparing the main campus to accommodate pre-K students enrolled in the program until it will be.

The school board voted to name the Early Childhood Center after one of its own members, Willa Jo Fowler, who was first elected to the board in 1975.

A plaque to be installed in the building will read, in part, "This facility is named in her honor for her dedicated service to Enid students and the community as a whole."

Fowler, who has a teaching background in addition to her years on the board, expressed thanks to fellow board members for the gesture.

"It is a really great honor and I appreciate it so much, because I have dedicated my life to teaching and most of that has been working with young children," Fowler said. "This is so special to me."

The board approved a brand new district motto for the 2019-20 year, "Excellence for ALL."

"Really what we're trying to get at is, every student has a need of some sort that is unique to them," Floyd said, explaining the motto. "We need to address all of those needs and not just some of them."

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Willetts is education reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. He can be reached at mwilletts@enidnews.com.

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