Interim Superintendent
Karie Lynn McSpadden,

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
Glenn High School Invites Community to Open House

Week of: July 25, 2016

There is nothing quite as exciting as opening a new high school.

Leander ISDs’ newest campus, Glenn High School, is very close to completion. This campus was funded through the generous support of our community and the 2007 Bond Package.

The visionary goals for GHS center around connection, flexibility, accessibility and collaboration. Throughout the building, design elements and features emphasize student ownership of learning. Much like our newer elementary schools, GHS was designed with several of the classrooms areas built around the neighborhood concept. There are fewer halls and fewer walls throughout the school, which will result in more efficient use of campus resources: space, student/teacher time and learning tools.

If you are interested in seeing this unique campus for yourself, Principal Arturo Lomeli and his staff invite you to attend the Glenn High School Community Open House Saturday, Aug. 6. A few of the planned activities include watching the Grizzlies in action at a football scrimmage, which starts at 8 a.m., and a pep rally. Guests may go on self-guided campus tours from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and see firsthand just how innovative this campus really is. I encourage you to make plans to be there.

But if you can’t make that date, there will be other opportunities to visit GHS. The campus will host another Open House, specifically designed for students and their families, on Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

If you haven’t yet met him, I can tell you that Mr. Lomeli is full of energy. He is excited about his school and will be a phenomenal campus leader. He and the teachers and staff at GHS are so eager to, as he puts it, “paint Leander orange,” and build a unified school community, focused on learners, in the northern part of our district. As they continue to put the finishing touches around the school, and prepare for the first day of school on Aug. 22, Mr. Lomeli and his staff are hosting upcoming meetings to help form an academic booster club to engage parents in programs, including a Parent Teacher Student Association, Project Graduation and others. Meetings will be held Aug. 2 and Aug. 8 at 6 p.m.

Our Board of Trustees voted to name this new high school after Tom Glenn, former superintendent of LISD, who served the district for more than 28 years before he retired in 2007. Glenn, the Boards that he served under, and his leadership team were visionaries, establishing the cornerstones of our district culture that make us distinct, namely our Guiding Documents (Learning Model, Graduate Profile and 10 Ethical Principals) and continuous improvement philosophy. Glenn’s fingerprints can be seen throughout the district, and it’s our pleasure to name this innovative campus after him because it reflects so many of the learning principles he championed during his career.

If you would like to see additional details about the community open house, to inquire about business sponsorship opportunities at the school, or to learn more about the academic booster meetings, I invite you to visit Make a note that more information about the formal school dedication will be coming soon.

Stay tuned!