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Oklahoma education news briefs for Jan. 27, 2013
Published: January 27, 2013


MAPS meeting planned

A community meeting is planned to discuss adding two classrooms and a gym to Mark Twain Elementary, 2451 W Main Street. The meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school auditorium. MAPS for Kids will pay for a $1.9 million renovation of the building, constructed in 1937. The school has received almost $3.5 million in renovations so far. The building can accommodate about 280 prekindergarten through fifth-grade students.

Donation creates OU scholarship

A $100,000 donation to the University of Oklahoma Foundation from the husband of Mary Rule Murphy has funded an endowed scholarship in her name at the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. Retired Col. Walter H. Murphy established the scholarship in honor of his late wife, who studied education at OU, where the couple met. Mary Murphy was a native of Hobart and graduated from Central High School in Muskogee. Walter Murphy graduated from Lawton High School. He entered the U.S. Army, and Mary was unable to graduate from OU. She finished her degree at the University of South Florida, but she always loved OU. Mary Murphy taught elementary school and served as special education administrator in several school districts. She eventually retired from the Georgia Department of Education as the director of remedial education. The scholarship is open to students in the special education program. For more information, go to

Mass. college honors OKC couple

Eastern Nazarene College honored two graduates who live in Oklahoma City. Fred and Beatrice Wenger each received the Lifetime Service Award from the college in Quincy, Mass. Fred Wenger graduated in 1957 and has served as a pastor for churches across the country. Since 2001, he has been a pastoral counselor in Oklahoma City. Beatrice (Wycoff) Wenger is a retired elementary schoolteacher.



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