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In Recognition of the McKinney ISD School Board (Video & Photos)

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Karla Schumacher/Shane Mauldin|
Wednesday, January 31, 2024

In Recognition of the McKinney ISD School Board (McKinney ISD Media/January 24, 2024)

McKinney, Texas — Each year in January, McKinney ISD joins districts throughout the state in celebrating School Board Appreciation Month to honor the seven men and women who lead and serve our district as members of the MISD Board of Trustees.

Philip Hassler — President, Place 2
Amy Dankel — Vice President, Place 4
Harvey Oaxaca — Secretary, Place 7
Larry Jagours — Place 1
Chad Green — Place 3
Lynn Sperry — Place 5
Stephanie O’Dell — Place 6

Board members are elected by the general public to serve overlapping terms of four years each. MISD Board members are not compensated for their service on the board, and elections for board seats are conducted annually each May. The candidates run for specific places on the board (Place 1, Place 2, etc.), but they represent MISD as a whole.

Their charge is to function under the legal parameters of the state and federal constitutions, statutes, courts and administrative agencies to provide the best educational opportunity possible for MISD students. School trustees are responsible for making all final decisions regarding school district priorities, policies, budget, personnel, textbooks, expenditures and growth management. Working as a team of eight in conjunction with the superintendent, the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees are an elected governance board with a shared sense of purpose focused on meeting the needs of all MISD students and the communities they serve.

Throughout January, MISD schools invited Board members to their campuses to honor and celebrate them and to showcase their teachers, students and programs. It gave students a chance to get to know their board members a little better and to learn about the governance of their school district. For the board members, it was an opportunity to witness the fruit of their labor and to meet some of the teachers and students they lead and serve.

Philip Hassler at Dowell Middle School

Hassler shaking hands with a student

Dowell Middle School Hosts MISD Board President Philip Hassler—Hassler helps out during Dowell Middle School’s award program.

in a group photo with administrators

Dowell Middle School Hosts MISD Board President Philip Hassler—(l-r) MISD Assistant Superintendent of Public Relations and Communications Dr. Shelly Spaulding, Dowell Assistant Principal Dr. Jessica Fair, Dowell Assistant Principal Ferlanda Willis, Dowell Principal Melanie Machost, MISD Board President Philip Hassler, MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt

PALS students working on math with another student

Dowell Middle School Hosts MISD Board President Philip Hassler—PALS students help out in the classroom.

Hassler in classroom smiling and talking with a student

Dowell Middle School Hosts MISD Board President Philip Hassler—AVID

saxophone players in band hall performing song

Dowell Middle School Hosts MISD Board President Philip Hassler—Band

Hassler laughing with principal Melanie Machost

Dowell Middle School Hosts MISD Board President Philip Hassler—Hassler shares a laugh with Principal Melanie Machost.

Hassler shaking hands with teacher in hall at Dowell

Dowell Middle School Hosts MISD Board President Philip Hassler—Hassler greets teachers as he and Principal Melanie Machost make their way around Dowell during his visit.

Hassler in library smiling as he talks with students

Dowell Middle School Hosts MISD Board President Philip Hassler—Hassler talks with Dowell student leaders during a lunch held in his honor.

Hassler talking with a group of students in the library during lunch

Dowell Middle School Hosts MISD Board President Philip Hassler—Hassler talks with Dowell student leaders at a lunch held in his honor.

Hassler talking with students and smiling at table during lunch

Dowell Middle School Hosts MISD Board President Philip Hassler—Hassler talks with Dowell student leaders during a lunch held in his honor.

Amy Dankel at Eddins Elementary School

Dankel and Superintendent Pratt helping with Eddins morning announcements.

Eddins Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel—MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt and Dankel help out with morning announcements. (Photo courtesy of Eddins Elementary/Maredith Laude)

Dankel with group looking at display of student art in the hallway at Eddins

Eddins Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel—Principal Cari Owens (right) and student leaders take Dankel and Pratt on a tour of Eddins. (Photo courtesy of Eddins Elementary/Maredith Laude)

Dankel looking at display in hall at Eddins as Principal Cari Owens gestures

Eddins Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel—Principal Cari Owens (right) and student leaders take Dankel and Pratt on a tour of Eddins. (Photo courtesy of Eddins Elementary/Maredith Laude)

Dankel looking at welcome sign that student is holding up fro her

Eddins Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel—Eddins students greet Dankel with cheers and signs. (Photo courtesy of Eddins Elementary/Maredith Laude)

View of students lined cup in the hallway to welcome Amy Dankel

Eddins Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel—Eddins students greet Dankel with cheers and signs. (Photo courtesy of Eddins Elementary/Maredith Laude)

Dankel laughing as she greets students and teachers at Eddins

Eddins Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel—Eddins students greet Dankel with cheers and signs. (Photo courtesy of Eddins Elementary/Maredith Laude)

Dankel in group shot with Principal Cari Owens and Superintendent Shawn Pratt

Eddins Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel—(l-r) Principal Cari Owens, Board Vice President Amy Dankel and MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt (Photo courtesy of Eddins Elementary/Maredith Laude)

Harvey Oaxaca at Scott Johnson Middle School

Oaxaca standing with group of cheerleaders

Scott Johnson Middle School Hosts Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca—Oaxaca is greeted by SJMS cheerleaders.

boys choir singing in the library

Scott Johnson Middle School Hosts Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca—SJMS Choir

Oaxaca posing in group photo with boys choir and principal

Scott Johnson Middle School Hosts Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca—SJMS Choir, (center, l-r) SJMS Assistant Principal Felipe Arellano, Harvey Oaxaca and SJMS Principal Holly Rogers

Oaxaca talking to group in the library

Scott Johnson Middle School Hosts MISD Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca—Oaxaca encourages SJMS students to make the most of the opportunities they have in MISD.

Oaxaca greeting students in the library

Scott Johnson Middle School Hosts MISD Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca—Oaxaca greets students in the library.

Oaxaca with two female students taking part in a science lab activity

Scott Johnson Middle School Hosts MISD Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca—Science Lab!

Oaxaca taking part in a cup game with students

Scott Johnson Middle School Hosts MISD Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca—Oaxaca joins in a game with SJMS students.

Oaxaca taking part in a cup game with students

Scott Johnson Middle School Hosts MISD Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca—Oaxaca joins in a game with SJMS students.

Chad Green at Faubion Middle School

Green greeting band director

Faubion Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Chad Green—Faubion Band Director Ryan Gaughan welcomes Green to the band hall.

trombone section playing

Faubion Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Chad Green—Band

Green talking to band students and gesturing

Faubion Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Chad Green—Green talks about the duties of the MISD board with band students.

Green shaking hands with Faubion orchestra director Kari Zamora

Faubion Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Chad Green—Orchestra Director Kari Zamora greets Green before the orchestra plays.

Faubion female violin player playing and watching director

Faubion Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Chad Green—Orchestra

male Faubion violin player playing and watching directer

Faubion Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Chad Green—Orchestra

Green sitting and listening to orchestra performance

Faubion Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Chad Green—Orchestra

male student in science class looking closely at dissection tray

Faubion Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Chad Green—Science Lab

Principal VandenBoom gesturing and talking to student during science lab

Faubion Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Chad Green—Principal Mitchell VandenBoom asks questions about students’ science activity.

VandenBoom, Green and Cherlyn Witsell with a gift from the students

Faubion Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Chad Green—(l-r) Faubion Principal Mitchell VandenBoom, Chad Green, AVID Teacher Cherylyn Witsell

Larry Jagours at Vega Elementary School

female student talking with another student and pointing

Vega Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Member Larry Jagours—Vega All Star Jam Celebration

young students sitting in crowd

Vega Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Member Larry Jagours—Vega All Star Jam Celebration

Principal Mike Forsyth holding mic for Jagours

Vega Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Member Larry Jagours—Larry Jagours (left) engages in a Q&A with Vega Principal Mike Forsyth.

Jagours talking with microphone

Vega Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Member Larry Jagours—Jagours talks about the duties of the Board and encourages students to make the most of their educational opportunities.

female student in audience smiling at a friend

Vega Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Member Larry Jagours—Vega All Star Jam Celebration

students taking part in a grade level cheer

Vega Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Member Larry Jagours—Grade level cheers!

students laughing while taking part in a class cheer

Vega Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Member Larry Jagours—Grade level Cheers!

teachers on large bounce balls racing and one teacher falling off

Vega Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Member Larry Jagours—Teachers race at the Vega All Star Jam Celebration.

Vega teacher of the year Valerie Carpenter with flowers hugging student

Vega Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Member Larry Jagours—Vega announces their Teacher of the Year, Librarian Valerie Larpenteur.

Jagours with Larpenteur

Vega Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Member Larry Jagours—Board Member Larry Jagours with Vega Teacher of the Year Valerie Larpenteur

Jagours shaking hands with female student

Vega Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Member Larry Jagours—Jagours greets students as they head to class.

Jagours shaking hands with male students

Vega Elementary School Hosts MISD Board Member Larry Jagours—Jagours greets students as they head to class.

Stephanie O’Dell at Evans Middle School

ODell talking with teacher and principal in the hallway

Evans Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Stephanie O’Dell

ODell laughing in the classroom

Evans Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Stephanie O’Dell—O’Dell and Evans Principal Dr. David Hodum visit a Theatre Arts class.

Theatre students performing in classroom

Evans Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Stephanie O’Dell—Theatre Arts

Odell talking with students about project

Evans Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Stephanie O’Dell—O’Dell talks with students during engineering class.

Odell smiling in the band hall as band plays a song

Evans Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Stephanie O’Dell—Band

Trumpet players performing in band hall

Evans Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Stephanie O’Dell—Band

Odell talking with a student in classroom

Evans Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Stephanie O’Dell—O’Dell talks with student during a classroom visit.

cheerleader on top of pyramid with arms raised

Evans Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Stephanie O’Dell—Cheer

ODell group shot with the cheerleaders

Evans Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Stephanie O’Dell—Cheer

ODell listening to student question at lunch

Evans Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Stephanie O’Dell—O’Dell talks with Evans student leaders during lunch.

Lynn Sperry at Cockrill Middle School

Sperry talking with Principal Zornes and PALS leaders at Cockrill

Cockrill Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Lynn Sperry—Sperry visits with Principal Jenny Zornes and Cockrill PALS leaders.

group shot of Sperry with PALS

Cockrill Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Lynn Sperry—Sperry with Cockrill Principal Jenny Zornes and PALS leaders.

Sperry talking with teacher in the classroom

Cockrill Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Lynn Sperry—Sperry talks with science teacher Christine Graham.

Sperry talking and laughing with PALS students

Cockrill Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Lynn Sperry—Sperry tours the school with PALS leaders.

boys choir performing

Cockrill Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Lynn Sperry—Choir

Sperry with cheerleader group photo

Cockrill Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Lynn Sperry—Cheer

Sperry and administrators talking with students during lunch in the library

Cockrill Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Lynn Sperry—Sperry engages in a Q&A session during lunch with Cockrill students, teachers and administrators.

Sperry group photo

Cockrill Middle School Hosts MISD Board Member Lynn Sperry

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