Tag Archives: Keller ISD

Play Ball

This afternoon the UIL did an about face and said that it is now OK to go back to playing ball (or running track).  The Indians have two games left:

Friday: Varsity (5 pm) @ Keller High School vs. Colleyville
Saturday: Varsity (12 noon) @ Fossil Ridge High School

Colleyville is undeafeated in 5-5A District Play and are playing to keep that record intact.  Keller is currently in second place, but has Grapevine and Fossil biting at their ankles.  Show up and support your team, both should be great games.


Swine Flu Takes Over the Newscycle

Yes, it has officially become a Pandemic to the News Cycle, especially here at BeyondRightField.

It seems a Richardson School has a confirmed case of Swine Flu, and has shut down for the time being. 

I have sent some questions over to Shellie Johnson at KISD and I’ll post up when I get a response.  One of the questions I sent her came from a concerned reader, asking about whether or not the district is going to be proactive looking for sick kids.  The reader also brought up a point I hadn’t thought of, it’s TAKS week, and districts will get punished if a certain number of minority groups are missing from school during testing.  The question was whether the state has taken any action on that front.

Also remember that early voting begins today for the School Board Races, make sure you vote and vote often.

Swine Flu and KISD

Well Drudge is all on High Alert when it comes to Swine Flu



And there are countless articles on the web about cases breaking out everywhere.  I cruised on over to KISD to see if they would have had a press release, but nothing.  I wonder what the district is going to do on Monday?

Conflict of Interest Coming Soon Near You

I sent an email to Shellie Johnson of KISD asking about a candidate forum and this is the response I received:

A candidate forum will be hosted by the Keller Council of PTA’s and moderated by the League of Women Voters. They are currently working on setting the date. We will publicize the date when it becomes available.

Thank you!

All fine and dandy, except we have a candidate that is the [edit: PAST] President of the Keller Council of PTA’s. How unbiased will the Candidate Forum be?

On another note, yet another record day for visitors to Beyond Right Field. Thanks again!

Canidate Filing Update

For the City of Keller Mayor Pat McGrail and Councilman Mitch Holmes have filed for reelection.

Shellie Johnson at KISD reports that three people have picked up packets, but no one filed officially yesterday.

Contrast and Compare KISD and the City of Keller

Big Bob sends an email pointing out a fact that I completely missed in the paper.  Keller ISD Board of Trustees (yeah, we can trust them), just approved a 10% raise for our Super Superintendent.  That’s a $20,000 raise!  Good for him, get all the money you can get is what I say, who cares if you are running a multi million dollar budget deficit.  Maybe you should run for Congress!!!

Meanwhile, over at City Hall, City Manager Dan O’Leary received an excellent review on his first year on the job and actually requested not to be considered for a raise due to the economic climate. 

I’ve sent an email to the communications director at KISD and to Mr. O’Leary asking for a comment on the contrasting viewpoints of our two fearless leaders.  You can also read something into the fact that I have to send an email to a communications director to get to the Super Superintendent, but can send an email directly to Dan O’Leary.

UPDATE:  That didn’t take long, a response from Dan O’Leary.


Traditionally in Keller, the City Manager’s compensation has been considered during the annual evaluation for a merit increase. I did not think it appropriate to consider a merit increase when other city employees were not eligible for merit increases this year due to a tight budget.

Dan O’Leary

I’ll update the post when/if I receive a response from KISD.

Update #2  12:49pm  Shellie Johnson sends along a press release that is 4 days old

Keller, TX – Keller ISD’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday evening to extend Superintendent Dr. James Veitenheimer’s three-year contract.

The Board extended Dr. Veitenheimer’s contract through 2012 by a vote of 7-0. The Trustees also approved a $20,000 raise to the Superintendent’s salary to keep it competitive with those in similar districts.

“Considering the difficult economic times, the Board believes it is in the best interest of the district to provide the superintendent with a competitive salary,” said Board of Trustees President Bob Apetz. “The Board has a desire to make district salaries, including the superintendent’s, competitive in today’s market.”

In an effort to put as little strain as possible on the school district’s budget during a national economic recession, the Board pledged to reduce its expenditures by at least $13,000 and put that toward the superintendent’s 3 percent raise (of $7,000) bringing the total increase to $20,000.

Keller ISD’s Superintendent contract is eligible for extension each year at the time of the position’s summative evaluation.

“I remain blessed to have the job of superintendent,” Veitenheimer said. “I appreciate the support of the KISD staff, administration and Board. I particularly appreciate the Board’s confidence in the direction of the school district.”

Veitenheimer has led Keller ISD since 2004. With the raise, his annual salary will be $225,000 beginning with the 2009-10 school year.


Local Elections Filing

Just a reminder, if you are wanting to run for School Board, City Council or Mayor; packets are available at City Hall or the ISD Admin building.  First day to file is a week from today, February 7th.