ADA — Atop numerous hires, resignations and retirements on the Ada City Schools Board of Education agenda Monday night was the selection of long-time assistant principal Charles Golightly to succeed Bill Nelson as principal of Ada High School.

Golightly brings administrative experience to the position. Together Golightly and Nelson rewrote the longevity record book for the positions, both serving 21 years in their respective positions.

Nelson, who retired at the end of the school year, broke the previous record of 11 years, E.A. Williamson’s stand as principal of AHS (1950-1961).

Golightly said becoming principal of his alma mater was “... a bit humbling.”

“When I graduated, not in my wildest imagination did I think I had a chance of becoming principal at Ada High,” Golightly said. “I’m proud to be a part of this and I appreciate everyone who had the confidence in me to do this job. I will do everything in my power to make them proud of their choice.

“I have been fortunate to work with three really good principals in Zane Bowman, Jack Ray and Bill Nelson. I learned a lot from all of them.”

Superintendent Pat Harrison said he was proud to announce Golightly as principal and felt he was very deserving of the opportunity.

“Mr. Golightly’s familiarity with the faculty, staff and students of Ada High School will allow him a great advantage; and having grown up in The System, he knows the ropes inside and out,” Harrison said. “I’m pleased he wanted to be considered for the position, and I feel confident he will be a great leader for Ada High School.”

Golightly, 54, who was born in Los Alamos, N.M., is a long-time resident of Ada, graduating from Ada High in 1970.

Golightly was a lineman with the Cougar football team for three years. He attended Cameron University on a football scholarship and graduated in 1975. He was a coach at Cameron for one year.

“Coach Go” taught and coached at Chickasha for a year and Moore for three years. He returned to teach and coach at AHS in 1979 under Craig McBroom and then Larry McBroom.

Golightly, who earned his masters in administration from ECU, said one of the reasons he decided to pursue the position was the quality of the faculty and staff and support of the administration.

“I don’t foresee a lot of changes. Any changes will be to make us better,” he said.

He is married to Stacey Golightly, also an Ada High graduate and a former teacher there. She is currently a teacher at Pontotoc Technology Center.

Golightly has two daughters, both AHS graduates. Kari Becker is a kindergarten teacher in Arlington, Texas. Lindsey Laxton is employed at Pre-paid Legal. He has one grandson, Jake Laxton.

He attends First Baptist Church.

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