MISD superintendent submits resignation
MILANO—Lindy Robinson, Milano ISD superintendent for the past six years, has submitted her resignation, effective in two years, in the wake of a school boad meeting that included a five-hour executive session where superintendent evaluation was listed as an agenda item.
At the conclusion of that meeting, board president Margaret Plentl also resigned, effective immediately, telling The Reporter the two resignations were not related.
Robinson is the first female superintendent of the Milano ISD. Her contract runs through June, 2014, and her resignation is effective at the end of the contract.
Robinson would give “no comment” to The Reporter when asked for the reason behind her resignation except to say she “was not fired.”
Robinson was named superintendent of the district in May, 2006, taking over for Tommy Hancock who retired. The west Texas native had been the elementary principal at MISD for five years before taking the top job in 2006.
‘PERSONAL REASONS’—After the conclusion of the Jan. 26 meeting MISD board president Margaret Plentl resigned from her post, citing personal reasons.
“I had made up my mind way before then about giving up my position, but we had been so busy and there were a lot of new members on the board. I didn’t feel right leaving them,” Plentl said.
Four new members were elected to the board last May.
“I had already typed up my resignation before the meeting. I have mixed emotions, but I prayed long and hard about it and (my husband) Bruce and I had discussed it. My family fully supported me,” Plentl said. “After your children are out of school you feel a little out of connection. I feel that as a board member you should be at all the school functions. Not everyone feels that way, but I do. You have to be there and be involved. They are your kids too.”
“I have family members who are involved in things at different schools around the area,” Plentl added. It was hard for her to support them and be at MISD events.
Plentl had served as a MISD trustee for almost 13 years and as the board president since May 2010. She had one year and three months left on her current term.
Board members were to meet for an audit meeting on Thursday night, but have also placed a discussion item about the now open seat on the meeting’s agenda.
Trustee options include to leave the seat open until the May election or to appoint someone to the post until the May school board election.