Pearland ISD board of trustees grants superintendent requested leave

(Courtesy Pearland ISD)
(Courtesy Pearland ISD)

(Courtesy Pearland ISD)

Pearland ISD’s board of trustees in a unanimous vote approved a motion to grant Superintendent John Kelly's leave request in a March 1 special meeting. Trustee Lance Botkin was absent from the meeting.

Discussion of four agenda items, which were written as employment of professional and instructional personnel, review resignations, superintendent leave request and superintendent search discussion, occurred in a closed meeting not open to the public.

“Yesterday, the superintendent requested and the board approved leave that would serve the best interests of the district pending his retirement on Aug. 31,” board President Sean Murphy told Community Impact Newspaper in an email March 2.

When asked about when the superintendent’s leave will begin or how long the leave will be, Murphy said it was a personal matter that cannot be discussed.

Prior to the special meeting, PISD Communications Specialist Cissa Madero said in an email that taking leave pending retirement can be part of the normal retirement process.


The district announced Jan. 19 that Kelly intends to retire in the coming summer. Murphy said Kelly’s pending retirement date is Aug. 31.
By Andy Yanez

Reporter, Pearland/Friendswood

Andy joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Houston. He started as the South Houston Metro Reporter where he helped each different edition in the South Houston market, from Katy to the Bay area, before transitioning to the Pearland and Friendswood market in August 2021. He covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to arriving at Community Impact, Andy was the sports editor of The Cougar, UH's student newspaper, where he covered the university's athletics beat for two years and covered the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis. Andy has appeared in the Houston Chronicle via an internship in 2020, and freelance work. He can be heard on the Pawd Slama Jama podcast still covering UH athletics.