Crowd shows support for MISD’s King

Nearly 70 people, including students, parents, neighbors and friends, showed up at Tuesday night’s Milano school board meeting to show support for longtime MISD teacher and coach Wendy King whose contract was up for renewal.

After a four-and-a-half-hour executive session, King’s contract was renewed, along with all other current MISD teachers.

Before spring break, King, a math teacher and coach for nearly 20 years at MISD, was told by high school principal Greg Decker that her contract may not be recommended for renewal.

The public comment section of the meeting was limited to 30 minutes and those speaking were given strict guidelines from board president Kevin Love to not say “any names or get too personal.” Some former students drove from as far away as San Marcos to show their support for King.

Martha Adrian told trustees she is concerned about personal agendas from the school’s current administration.

“One has to question if there is not a personal agenda at play here rather than doing what’s in the best interest of the children, school or community,” Adrian said.

Dewey Steinbecker told the board that with a high staff and coach turnover rate in the last five years that they are getting rid of good faculty. “You’re running off people of good, moral character who care about our kids,” Steinbecker said.

MISD superintendent Lindy Robinson told the board she had nothing under this item but trustee Steve Walker asked that they discuss it in executive session.

King had gone home after the first hour of the closed session, but was asked back to the meeting and spoke with trustees for almost two hours. The board also met behind closed doors with Robinson and Decker.

Trustees came out of executive session at 12:30 a.m. to hear the administration recommend contracts for all current MISD teachers, including King. The board unanimously approved the re-hires.

“I appreciate all those who showed up in my support,” King said.

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