Janey Johnston Scott makes generous contribution for the purchase of Automotive Services Technology.

Dr. George Bridges, GPTC Boad member, Clarence Fortney, superintendent, Allen Whittaker, AST instructor, Janey Johnson Scott, benefactor and daughter of the late GPTC Board Member Julius Johnston and AST instructor Michael Thomason.

Janey Johnston Scott, daughter of the late Julius “Ju Jonhston” an original board of education member at Great Plans Technology Center, who served from 1970-1976,  contributed a $25,000 gift to the technology center Automotive Services Technology program earlier this month.  The funds were earmarked for the purchase of automotive technology.  Building 400 on the Lawton campus has long been named the Johnston Automotive Center in Johnston’s honor.  Automotive Services Instructor Michael Thomason said the funds will help the school purchase one or two used automobiles that are equipped with the latest “computerized driver assist technology” such as back up cameras, and side and front sensor warning systems.  Superintendent Clarence Fortney, Dr. George Bridges, GPTC Board member, Deputy Superintendent, Karen Bailey, Thomason and fellow Automotive instructor Allen Whittaker were among the GPTC officials who toured the Scotts.  The Scotts also previewed the school’s new Business Development Center (Incubator) that is scheduled to open May 5th.  The Scotts said they were stunned the school had grown so much since they last visited the campus.  She said her father would be proud of the advances the technology center had made in preparing students to successfully enter the workforce or for clients to succeed in small business.  Bridges succeed Johnston on the Great Plains Board of Education and recalled the advice that Johnston had given him at the time about how it is a person’s responsibility to serve the community as a public servant.  “Ju told me in 1976 that now it was my turn”, Bridges said laughingly.  Fortney said it was the first time he could recall such a generous gift to Great Plains being earmarked for one specific program.  Johnston was a very involved citizen who in addition to serving on the “vo-tech” board, served on the Lawton City Council and  Board of Regents He was also a landmark high school football coach who is credited with bringing the T-Formation offense to southwest Oklahoma.  Johnston was also a successful Lawton businessman who owned and operated a Lawton salvage yard for many years.