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Looking Back: Klein ISD Board of Trustees
January is School Board Recognition Month in Texas
Jan. 9, 2013 - As the Klein ISD celebrates its commemorative 75th anniversary year, the Board of Trustees is acknowledged as one of the longest-standing traditions of distinction in the district. The district will recognize board members, past and present, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at the board meeting held at the Klein ISD central office, 7200 Spring-Cypress Rd., Klein, Texas 77379. The theme "Rising to New Heights" is evident in the rich heritage, excellence in education, and future vision of the district, which all stem from the support of the Board of Trustees. To view a video honoring the Board, click here.

"Board members, past and present, have provided unwavering support of the district from the very beginning," said Dr. Jim Cain, superintendent. "It is because of the leadership and guidance of these devoted individuals that the Klein ISD has become one of the premier, recognized school districts in the state and nation."

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The original Klein ISD Board of Trustees was sworn in on April 4, 1938, and included C.G. Kaiser, Melton Kleb, William F. Klenk, O.A. Nitsch, Henry J. Roth, Herman Strack, and A.C. Weber. Since then, the district has had 87 trustees elected to at least one of the seven positions. Dee Mifflin consistently served from Oct. 1972 to Jan. 1994, and was the longest tenured board member in the district's history. In 1972, Joan Lucas (1972-84) became the first female trustee, and since then there have been four additional female members to serve on the Board.

Over the span of 75 years, the seven-member Board of Trustees has been responsible for governing and setting policies that steer education in the Klein ISD for students, educators and employees. Each member is elected to an at-large position for three years in a non-partisan election that is held annually for either two or three positions. Board members are non-paid representatives of the district and community and serve as the stewards to the public in support of the district's mission and goals.

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"Serving as a board member, especially in such an exceptionally innovative district as Klein, is a true privilege. The high caliber of students and faculty here are unparalleled, and it is this tradition of excellence that will carry Klein ISD into a bright, promising future," said Rick Mann, board member. Mann is in his seventh term on the Board, and has served the students of the Klein ISD for more than 20 years.

There are more than 52 years of experience among the current board members, which include: Ronnie K. Anderson (president), Paul Lanham (vice president), Steven E. Smith (secretary), Rick Mann, Bill Pilkington, Georgan Reitmeier, and Stephen J. Szymczak.

The Board oversees an annual budget of nearly $467 million that supports more than 47,000 students, 5,800 employees and 43 campuses. The Board also serves as the advocate for educational achievement for the community's youth, and has garnered several local and state recognitions. In 2011-12, the Klein ISD Team of 8 was recognized as the Region 4 Outstanding School Board and was one of five finalists named a Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Honor Board.

To see complete bios and for more information on the Klein ISD Board of Trustees, click here.