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Oklahoma Legislature, Millwood Public Schools honor 86-year-old school board member

Frances Percival has been on the Millwood Public Schools board since 1970.
by Matt Patterson Modified: May 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm •  Published: May 5, 2014

Frances Percival might be ready to give up directing traffic at Millwood football games, but the 86-year-old isn’t ready to give up her seat on the school’s board of education.

The Oklahoma State House of Representatives and Senate honored Percival on Monday for her service to the district. She is believed to be the longest-serving school board member in the United States. Percival has served on the Millwood board since 1970.

Before she was elected to the board, she was a volunteer in the district. All told, she has 52 years of service to Millwood.

Monday’s events were a surprise to a woman who prides herself for being in the know.

“I knew absolutely nothing about this,” she said. “How they kept the secret, I don’t know, because I always know exactly what’s going on. There aren’t words to describe it. This has been the surprise of my life.”

Percival’s son and daughter attended Millwood schools. She first got involved as a PTA member and president. She doesn’t miss many sporting events and visits the school several times a week. She lives just across the street.

“I love my kids and I love my school,” she said. “I don’t love everything they do, but they are my kids. We have a good community and I can’t say enough for it. We’ve had some hard times with bond issues and this and that. But when you walk down the halls and you see this big football player and he hugs me and says ‘Hi, Mrs. P,’ it just melts you.”

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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