The Klein ISD board of trustees unanimously voted to extend Superintendent Jenny McGown's five-year contract by an additional year at its Oct. 12 meeting.

As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, McGown became the district's first female superintendent after taking the reins in July 2019, following the resignation of former Superintendent Bret Champion in May 2019. At the time, McGown served as the deputy superintendent of KISD.

"I'm very grateful to sit around the table with people who genuinely love kids and want to see every single student in Klein ISD succeed and find their purpose, so thank you for everyone's collective efforts," McGown said following her contract extension approval.

Throughout her tenure at KISD, McGown—who began as an English teacher at Klein Collins High School—has served in a variety of capacities including as an administrator at both the elementary and secondary levels. She also served as the founding principal of Zwink Elementary, the district's chief learning officer and KISD's executive director of student performance.

"I'm thankful to get to sit next to ... one of the most uncommonly wise servants and student-focused leaders that I know and I'm thankful that we got her to stay and be here another year," KISD Board President Chris Todd said during the meeting. "Thank you for your commitment to every student in Klein ISD."

In addition to McGown's contract extension, the board unanimously approved a second COVID-19 Klein Family loyalty payment, or retention incentive stipend for staff at the Oct. 12 meeting. As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, KISD distributed its first round of COVID-19 Klein Family loyalty payments to eligible staff earlier this year.

According to Dayna Hernandez, associate superintendent of communication and public relations for KISD, all benefit-eligible employees who are KISD employees as of Oct. 20, 2021, and are returning for the 2021-22 spring semester, will receive an additional COVID-19 Klein Family loyalty payment on their November paycheck. Full-time, benefit-eligible employees will receive a one-time payment of $500, while benefit-eligible employees working less than full time will receive a one-time payment of $250.