Longest-tenured Klein ISD trustee Rick Mann honored at final school board meeting before retirement

Rick Mann
KISD trustee Rick Mann was honored in the Nov. 11 board meeting for 28 years of service before retiring from the position. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)

KISD trustee Rick Mann was honored in the Nov. 11 board meeting for 28 years of service before retiring from the position. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Mann’s (right) position on the KISD board of trustees is to be replaced by Rob Ellis (center), who was elected in early November. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Klein ISD board Vice President Rick Mann was honored at his last board meeting Nov. 11. Elected into his ninth term on the board in 2016, Mann is the district's longest-tenured trustee, having served for 28 years.

Mann announced in May that he would not be seeking re-election in the Nov. 5 election, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper. The district paid tribute to Mann’s service through an honorary video showed during the meeting, as well as through words of sentiment and congratulations on his retirement. Superintendent Jenny McGown said Mann’s many years of service to the district contributed to a tradition of excellence and innovation in KISD.

“All of us that are presently serving, we stand on the shoulders of many great men and women who have come before us,” McGown said. “[Rick Mann’s] legacy of service of almost three decades on the school board is something that has had such a remarkably positive impact on all our students and the Klein family.”

Mann served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and later graduated from The University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in business administration and management. In addition to serving as a trustee, Mann has also served as general manager of the Harris County Water Control and Improvement District No. 133.

Mann’s position on the KISD board of trustees is to be filled by Rob Ellis, who won the position in the Nov. 5 election, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper. Ellis is expected to be sworn in at the next KISD board meeting Dec. 9.


“It’s an out-of-body experience today; it was such a wonderful day,” Mann said. “The love that I have for this district is just overwhelming. I wish them nothing but quality, beauty and success.”
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