Board of Education

Our School board is made up of some very dedicated people.

Their big smiles reveal big hearts and the deep satisfaction that comes with  commitment to the betterment of others. All of them have many years' experience with the school, and they all work hard behind the scenes to make things as good as it can be for the children, here and wherever they go. They  provide the stability and leadership to keep our local school strong and healthy. The list of their public and private service and donations is lengthy and heartwarming. Please forgive any omissions, as there are so many it is bigger than any newsletter.

In the back row, starting from the left is Tommie Lou McKown, School Board Treasurer.  She graduated here as did all of her family. Her family was here when the first Missouri City School was built in 1854. Her son John graduated here, and is now married to our school secretary, Teresa McKown. Their little son Danny is anxiously awaiting his turn to be a Panther and get a great education where so many loving folks will be involved.

Next is Laura Miller, whose four children graduated here, Matt, Alfred, Janet, and Teresa. Her many grandchildren that have gone here have kept her active in of all school activities. Two of them, Charlie and Avery, 5th and 9th grade, are in school now. She attends all of their activities, rain or snow. She has served as volunteer aide in the classroom, and donated books to our library and classrooms.

Charlotte Smith, School Board President for many years, moved here, in part, so that she and her husband could raise their son in a small, caring environment. Matthew graduated here and has gone on to be computer engineer at the Cerner Corporation.  Charlotte completed her career as a School Psychologist at the North Kansas City School District recently and is still very active in State and National School Psychologist organizations. She travels to Jefferson City and Washington D.C to lobby on behalf of children's issues. She is also active in Hillcrest Ministries, providing care and services for children and families in need.

Joe Selle graduated here in 1978.  His daughter, Mikayla, graduated from Excelsior Springs High School and plans to be nurse.  Joe recently celebrated 25 years of the famous Selle Brothers band. They opened once for Merle Haggard. Joe's dad, Butch, was the school bus driver and, custodian and was always working hard to make the school look good. His mom is  on the front row. Joe is also on the City Council of Missouri City.  He drives the snow plow and keeps the school lot clear. If there are things around the school that need attention he is always right there to help.

At the far right is Barbara Jackson, the School Board Secretary for 28 years.  She does a wonderful job of taking care of the business and Board aspects of the school and works hard to keep us in the black with a healthy fund balance.

On the far left of the front row is Sarah Miller, mother of Charlie and Avery Miller, wife of Matt Miller , and daughter in law of Laura MIller.  Sarah is a frequent contributor and volunteer at school functions.  She also is an alumni of Missouri City School.

Linda Willimetz had three children who went to school here, Christy, Angie, and Jason.  She has been very active in all the school activities for  many years, perhaps most notably sports. she can always be  counted on to help, often with her husband Emmett Willimetz, and there is no job to big or small for them. During the years that she was chair of the PERC (Parents and Educators for Responsible Choices) her organizational skills made things run like clockwork. Anything that needed to be done was never a challenge.

Sue Selle, Vice President,  was elected to ether School Board in 1977. She resigned for a while to take a position as special service teacher aide. , but has been back on the Board for many years. Sue is a consummate volunteer, and is always ready to help others.  She has been the cheerleader sponsor for many years, and is active in the local Baptist Church and their youth activities.  She and her husband Butch had four children, John (the other half of the Selle Brothers Band), Lisa, Joe, and Shelly. There is not a kinder, gentler spirit walking, and she would help anyone at any time. She embodies the kindness that permeates this Board.

Thank you, one and all, for your intelligent, caring and committed service to Missouri City School.