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At their monthly meeting, current and former Trustees honored outgoing School Board President Randy Pittenger who ended his twenty four years of service as Area 4 Trustee tonight.

Pittenger announced in January that he would not seek re-election for a ninth term and would retire, along with his wife, LaGay, a fifth grade teacher at Lakewood Elementary since 1993.

“In every decision that was made, Randy put kids first,” said Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon. “His service on the Board is nothing short of amazing and has made a significant, lasting impact for generations to come.”

During the meeting, Chris Flor was sworn in as the new Area 4 Trustee. Flor, who was unopposed as a candidate for the seat, joined the dais for the unanimous vote to select Board Officers for the next year.

Mike Cowan, a 1982 graduate of Belton High School who has served for more than a decade on the Board, was selected as President. Sue Jordan will serve as Vice President and Leo Camden, Jr., will be Secretary.

After their reorganization, the Board took action to rename the Wall Street Auditorium to the “Pittenger Fine Arts Center,” in honor of Pittenger’s legacy of service and dedication to the community.

“It is rare in our school district that we name a facility after someone but this is one of those opportunities that makes perfect sense.” said Board President Cowan. “The Pittenger Fine Arts Center is a fitting tribute to how Randy has enthusiastically demonstrated a love for the District, the community and its students.”

Currently under renovation, the Pittenger Fine Arts Center was originally built in 1966. Voters approved plans to update the facility as a part of the May 2017 Bond Program and construction will be completed this summer.

 Randy Pittenger