Ceremony tonight to put spotlight on longtime educator
The Denton school district will formally dedicate its newest middle school tonight as its namesake looks on.
Longtime educator Bettye Myers said she plans to be on hand for the dedication of Bettye Myers Middle School, which opened its doors to students on Aug. 26.
Myers, 87, served on the Denton school board from 1985 to 1991, including four years as president, and has been a professor at Texas Woman’s University for more than 50 years. She is a sports management professor there, and is active with many community organizations.
“It’s an unbelievably amazing thing that has happened,” Myers said Wednesday. “I never in my life dreamed that a school would be named after me. If I were a sixth-, seventh- or eighth-grader, I would love to be a student out there.”
Events will begin at 6:30 p.m. with student-led tours of the school, followed by the dedication at 7 p.m. The school is located at 131 Garza Road in Shady Shores.
Myers said she will attend the ceremony with extended family from Oklahoma.
“The school and the district are utilizing all of their resources to honor Dr. Myers in the manner that she deserves,” said Sharon Cox, a district spokeswoman. “We have students of Myers Middle School making special presentations, a special video being produced on her accomplishments and an overview of the school.”
Building tours will be led by school cheerleaders, student council members and representatives from the school’s community service group, SWAG (Service With a Grin). Representatives from VLK Architects and Balfour Beatty will make a presentation, and fine arts students will perform and present their work at the event, Cox said.
“It’s very student-oriented, as Dr. Myers would want it to be,” Cox said.
A reception, hosted by the school PTA and Candy Haven, will follow the dedication ceremony.
The Denton school board officially named its seventh middle school after Myers in August 2012. More than 730 students in grades six through eight attend the school.
Principal Angela Ricks said it’s exciting to have the school completed and officially dedicated.
Funding for the school came from a bond package approved by voters in 2007, and the school was originally slated to open in 2011. The project was put on hold as a result of the economic downturn, and in 2011 the district approved the sale of bonds to fund the school. Construction on the campus got underway in 2012.
“It’s been a long journey, but I wouldn’t trade any part of it,” Ricks said.
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-68676 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.