The McKinney Independent School District is pleased to welcome local business, Popular Ink, to the Partners in Education program! Recently, McKinney ISD Superintendent Dr. J.D. Kennedy and Partners in Education Specialist Nancy Cowlishaw visited the company’s new facility to present President/CEO Dru Riess and Executive VP Ray Salinas with a plaque to honor Popular Ink’s support of McKinney ISD.

Popular Ink was on the cover of the October issue of McKinney Magazine. The accompanying story was entited McKinney Success Story: Popular Ink Just Keeps Flowing.

Riess and Salinas provide expert business and marketing input as members of the district’s Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, offering insight into the skills that graduates must possess to succeed in today’s marketplace. In addition, they serve as a real-world resource for McKinney ISD’s business and marketing classes.

A few years ago, Riess and Salinas took a struggling McKinney business and transformed it into Popular Ink, a now-thriving flexible-graphics printing company with a promising future. They started in a barn, sometimes sleeping on cots and often working around the clock to fill orders -- earning customer business with great product and an unflagging work ethic. Now, they are not only successful businessmen, but also great role models for McKinney ISD students.

“I am so excited for these two entrepreneurs to partner with McKinney ISD and share their story of success with MISD students,” said Cowlishaw.

The time and resources that local businesses like Popular Ink bring to the Partners in Education program help make a difference where it matters most -- in the lives of our children.

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Specialist, at 469-302-4007 or

About McKinney ISD

One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,000 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, one alternative school and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at