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Nolen inducted into Hall of Fame

Jimmie Nolen speaks during the Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation banquet on March 4 at Rose State College. The former school board member was inducted into the Foundation’s Hall of Fame. Photo by Jeff Harrison

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

The Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation welcomed the newest member of its Hall of Fame.

Jimmie Nolen, a former school board member, was inducted into the Hall of Fame March 4 during the Foundation’s awards banquet at Rose State College.

Nolen served on the school board for 23 years. In November 2022, Nolen announce she was not seeking reelection. She and her husband Jim operated a tax office for many years in Del City.

Superintendent Rick Cobb spoke briefly before the hall of fame presentation. He said it’s an honor to work in a school district and community that supports public education. He pointed to voters passing a $492 million bond election last year.

“It’s great to be in a community that supports public education with unwavering faith and loyalty,” he said. “You understand that our mission is to teach all children that show up. We don’t get to pick and choose which kids we teach.”

Cobb spoke highly of Nolen who he called a friend and mentor.

“The way you have always advocated for the school district and for the community has been an inspiration,” he said. “When Lindse Barks (director of the Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation) that you were going to be the person of honor, I couldn’t think of a better person.”

David Bibens, a former school board member, introduced Nolen and praised her as one of the most influential people in the history of the school district.

“If you haven’t figured out that Jimmie Nolen is one of the all-time greats in the school district, you need to give it one more thought,” Bibens said. “It’ll take you 10 seconds to figure out that she is one of the all-time greats.”

Nolen thanked her family, colleagues, and friends who have supported her.

“I can’t tell you how much this means to me,” she said.

Nolen reminisced about her involvement with the school district and as a member of the school board. She said she and others strive to do right by the students, teachers and families every day.

“Why in the world do we go to the effort of showing up and doing our due diligence and discerning the right things for the right reasons. And doing all of that consistently. Why do we do that?” she said. “Because it matters. What we do matters. What we do as individuals matters. What we do as a school district matters. What we do as this s matters.”

She said her induction into the Hall of Fame is a reflection of the hard work of many over the years.

“The overwhelming outpouring of support and wishes that I have received is simply an affirmation of the high regard that people have for the Mid-Del School District, its schools and the communities it serves,” she said. “I am so proud to have been associated with the people of Mid-Del, its teachers, its support personnel, its site administrators, its central administrators. Folks, I’ll take that association every day of the week. Thank you, for allowing me to take this journey and to take it with you.”

Jimmie Nolen was joined by several family members during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Photo by Jeff Harrison

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