For the third time since the regular meeting of the Pleasanton School Board on January 17, Pleasanton ISD Superintendent Dr. Matthew Mann’s contract was up for discussion in closed session at Tuesday’s regular meeting. His evaluation has been the subject of executive sessions during either regular or special meetings since June of 2018. He currently has two years remaining on his contract.
At the conclusion of an approximate two hour closed session, the board voted in his contract. Before doing so, PISD Board President Frank Tudyk addressed the audience and the comments he has read online. First, he explained that Mann’s contract was not renewed at the last meeting because he had two years left on the current one. He did admit that there were some concerns, but those had been ironed out during his evaluations. Secondly, he explained that he was in good health, having had a pacemaker put in and he thanked everyone for their concerns and prayers.
Dr. Jimmy Zuniga moved to renew Mann’s contract as agreed upon in executive session. Edward Zamarripa seconded and the motion passed unanimously
In an overwhelming show of concern and support, parents, teachers and the community filled the board room to standing room only. Many spoke up for the work that he has done for the students and the district as a whole and asked that the board reconsider their intent to not extend his contract.
“The amazing thing about Dr. Mann is that he uses the same level of respect and communication across the board regardless if it’s a second grader or a high school senior and that is so important in our development,” said Mackenzie Pilgrim, Jr., PHS. “It is so important that these kids know they have someone who will listen to them and that their words have value.”
Mann has been the Superintendent in Pleasanton since March 2015. Prior to that, he was the Pleasanton High School Principal and Assistant Principal at Jourdanton Junior High. Mann earned his doctorate in education from Texas A&M, Kingsville.
School Board elections will be held on May 4, with early voting beginning on April 22. Positions open are: District 2, Edward Zamarripa; District 4, Patricia Seay Cox; District 5, Dr. Jimmy Zuniga and District 7, Pete J. Pawelek. Cox and Pawelek are unopposed.