Retired Westport teacher and coach Tom Beauvais, who was inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of New York’s Hall of Fame, is one of six to be inducted as the first members of the schools' Wall of Distinction.
Six members of the Westport Central School community will be the inaugural members of the district’s Wall of Distinction.
The six: former teacher and coach Ed Card; graduate, district employee and current school board president Alice LaRock; former teacher and coach Tom Beauvais; neurosurgeon and alum Dr. Lara Davis; athlete and current basketball coach Julie Moore; and athlete and current Schuylerville Central School Superintendent Ryan Sherman, will be honored at the first Induction Dinner Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Westport Hotel and Tavern.
“We stuck with a range of having inductees from different decades,” Dr. John Gallagher, current superintendent and member of the Wall of Distinction Committee, said. “We had a list of people who the board had previously been approached about honoring along with names that were submitted by the community and names that were brought up by the committee.”
The Wall of Distinction at the school was created to recognize and honor those individuals who have been involved at Westport Central School as an employee or student that has excelled both as a student/teacher or after graduation.
The committee included Gallagher, school athletic director Brad Rascoe, educator Fred Kapper, board members Sue Russell and Swayne Stevens, retired educators Scott Gibbs and Daniel McCormick, along with Don LaRock and Jim Forcier.
“In August we came together and looked at all of the nominees, picking these six,” Gallagher said. “There was unanimous consent and then we got to work contacting each of them.”
Gallagher said that the committee has been in contact with all of the inductees except one.
“We have been trying to get a hold of Dr. Davis,” he said. “She works in Boston and we have tried calling the numbers that we have and contacting her parents. If we cannot get a hold of her for this year, we will honor her at our next dinner.”
Those honored will take the first places on the new Wall of Distinction, which will be located along the walls near the school’s gymnasium.
Reservations for the dinner are available for $25 per person and can be made by calling the district office at 962-8244 by Oct. 1.
Along with the Wall of Distinction dinner, the committee will also be hosting a golf tournament at the Westport Country Club to support the committee and the costs associated with the Wall of Distinction.
The tournament will include two-person teams playing 18 holes, with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $45 per player ($35 for students) and includes golf and cart. Checks and entry formers will be accepted through Oct. 1 by visiting the school’s website, westportcs.org, or calling the district office.