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January is School Board Appreciation Month (January, 2007)

Left to right: Rene Emke, Buddy Minett, Brenda Polk, Dan Mossakowski, Richard Beaver, Cindy DePaolantonio, Laura Ellison

Each year teachers tell their students that January is School Board Appreciation Month. It never fails that some students assume the school board are the people who put up the notices on the school marquees – or the school boards.

This year Frisco Independent School District honored the current board and past board members with a reception at the district’s Maple Street Complex prior to the January 8 school board meeting. It was an opportunity for school employees, area business representatives and representatives from the City of Frisco to thank these elected officials, both past and present, for the leadership they provide the community. Superintendent Rick Reedy praised the current board and those who had come before for the countless hours they give to securing the education of the district’s children.

Several past board members attended the reception including, S.W. Christie, Pete Hosp, Bill Minter, Sam Roach, Richard Scoggins, Isabel Sem and Jane Whitledge. The past board members were presented with a gift of a custom-decorated cookie shaped like a schoolhouse. Several guests observed that it was an appropriate gift for a district that builds multiple schools each year.

The current board members include board President Buddy Minett, who is self-employed in commercial real estate and a former city council member. Minett and his wife Joni, have five girls, three still in school and two of whom have graduated from Frisco High School. Vice president Richard Beaver is employed with Adventa Control Technologies and he served as chairman of the 2000 bond committee. He and his wife Jill have three children in Frisco schools. Board Secretary Laura Ellison is the longest-serving member of the board having been on the board for nine years. She and husband Nathan have three children enrolled in Frisco schools. Ellison has a degree in special education and currently works for the Frisco Public Library. Cindy DePaolantonio and husband Tom have two boys. A homemaker, she has been active in PTA and served as co-chair of the 2003 bond committee. Dan Mossakowski and wife, Sally, have three children, one in college and two in Frisco schools. He is a manager at DataProse, Inc. Mossakowski has been a very involved parent volunteer with Frisco youth sports activities. Board member Renee Ehmke is a former middle school and high school teacher. She and her husband, Chad, have four children. As a stay-at-home mom she has been very active in PTA, PT0 and youth activities. The newest member of the board is Brenda Polk. A graduate of Ambrose University she says her career is that of community volunteer. She and her husband Jeff have twin daughters at Clark Middle School. Polk has also been active with PTA, PTO and served on the 2003 citizen’s bond committee.