Interim Superintendent

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Karie Lynn McSpadden,
MBA, SPHR

The Leander ISD Board of Trustees voted to appoint Karie Lynn McSpadden, MBA, SPHR, as interim superintendent of schools at the May 12 Board meeting. McSpadden will work alongside Dr. Bret A. Champion as he transitions to his new post as superintendent of schools in Klein ISD later this summer.

McSpadden currently serves as the LISD assistant superintendent for human resources and has been with the district since November 2006. As an assistant superintendent, she has served on the superintendent’s cabinet and executive team. Additionally, she works closely with the Board of Trustees and campus leaders.

“Ms. McSpadden has a strong understanding of the Leander ISD vision, as well as the day-to-day operations of the district. As a core member of the leadership team, her input to the superintendent and the Board of Trustees has been invaluable,” LISD Board President Will Streit said. “Ms. McSpadden’s proven leadership will guide the district until a new superintendent is in place. We appreciate her willingness to serve the district as interim superintendent during this transition.”

The Board previously announced that the superintendent selection process will not allow for the LISD interim superintendent to be considered as a candidate for the superintendent of schools position. This clarification is designed to make it clear that it is an open process for any candidate inside or outside the district who is not serving as the LISD interim superintendent.

“I am honored to step into this role and serve the students, teachers, principals and staff of the district as our Board conducts the superintendent search,” McSpadden said. “LISD is a remarkable district with strong academics, amazing student success and passionate staff from every area of the district. Our parents and community support our schools and programs. Candidates will be drawn to this culture. I look forward to serving the district in this temporary role and am committed to seeing us continue to do what we do best – focusing on student learning.”

McSpadden earned her Master of Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Texas A&M University. She is currently completing a master’s degree in education specializing in counseling.

Information on the process, timelines and progress will be updated on this LISD Superintendent Search webpage.

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Current Interim Superintendent Column
Welcome Back to School!

Week of: Aug. 22, 2016


It was an unusually rainy first day of school. But the wet weather didn’t dampen the back-to-school spirit in Leander ISD!

Our teachers and staff were very excited to begin the 2016-17 school year with just over 38,000 students Monday, Aug. 22. It’s hard to believe that we are edging closer and closer to 40,000 students. With so many students in our district, it’s no wonder that LISD marched past another significant milestone this school year and opened Glenn High School, our sixth high school.

In one of my last acts as interim superintendent (Dr. Troxell will officially arrive in LISD on Aug. 29), I stopped by GHS on the first day of school. I was so energized to watch more than 600 students fill up this new, innovative campus. After spending time at GHS, I visited the LEO Center, Leander Middle School, Rouse High School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Running Brushy Middle School, Mason Elementary School, Grandview Hills Elementary School, River Ridge Elementary School and Bagdad Elementary School. All of these campuses are being led by principals who are new to their roles this school year. Some have come from other LISD campuses, either as principals or assistant principals, and others are new to LISD, having come to us from other districts. And, I’m pleased to report, they all did wonderfully during their first days on the job.

It’s no secret that LISD is home to the best principals in Central Texas, and it showed during those first critical days of school. Leadership starts from the top, and our principals know how to create positive learning environments for all students that are then modeled by their teachers and staff members.

And I know that it took a tremendous amount of planning and hard work to make our first days of school successful for our students. Our principals, teachers, instructional assistants, counselors, nurses, librarians, crossing guards, bus drivers, food service staff, office personnel, human resources, payroll employees, technology department staff, curriculum teams, and maintenance and facilities staff all did their part, spending weeks and weeks attending trainings and professional development, preparing classrooms, cleaning facilities, planning bus routes, hiring staff members, organizing library books, ordering learning materials and more to make sure our schools were ready for your children.

I thank every LISD staff member who worked so hard this summer to make certain the first day went off without a hitch.

Thank you, parents, for entrusting us with your precious children. It’s going to be a great year of learning in LISD!

Welcome back to school!