MISD Board President Lynn Sperry was once again chosen by her fellow board members to head the MISD School Board, a role she has held for the past year.
Curtis Rippee, who joined the Board in 2010, will serve as vice president and Maria McKinzie, who has served on the board since 2006, is Secretary. All officers were elected unanimously.
“Lynn has done a great job of fulfilling the leadership role,” McKinzie said. She added that the board will need strong leadership to get through several upcoming challenges including redistricting and supporting a new board member to replace Mark Rude.
“We’ve got a lot going on,” McKinzie said. “We have a lot of challenges ahead of us. We’re not just planning for today, we’re planning for years to come also.”
Sperry is starting her 28th year as MISD Trustee. Her years of community service have earned her the Outstanding McKinney Citizen in 2006, and the Kim Hoffman Volunteer of the Year for McKinney in 1997 along with her husband, Neil Sperry. She served 12 years as Director of the Texas Association of School Boards, where she earned the Master Trustee designation. Ms. Sperry helped create the McKinney Education Foundation where she is now a board member emeritus. The Sperrys helped create Serenity High School, the only public high school for students in recovery from substance abuse, where they still serve on the Advisory Board. She is Past President of the Avenues Counseling Center Board and a board member of the Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney.
They have three children who attended MISD schools, and three of their six grandchildren currently attend McKinney schools. They own Neil Sperry’s GARDENS Magazine.
— Cindy Evans, Town Square Buzz