The McNeil Elementary Student Council recently completed efforts to beautify the front entry of their school with a new flower bed planted in honor of the school’s namesake, Arthur McNeil.
During the last week of school, the Student Council invited McNeil to the campus and presented the garden as a token of their appreciation for McNeil’s many years of service to the students of McKinney ISD.
McNeil, who was not expecting to be honored in this way, was moved by the gesture.
“I’m humbled,” he said. “I’m so grateful that they would do that, and I’m just proud of the way it turned out.”
McNeil's career with McKinney ISD began in January 1959 and partially ended in 1995 with his retirement. However, he then worked part-time for MISD until August 2002.
His areas of responsibility included sixth grade, coaching girls' Little League softball, filming varsity football games, school yearbook, Vocational Education, Distributive Education, Vice-Principal at McKinney High School, MISD Business Manager, and Assistant Superintendent of Business Affairs for MISD.
The beautification project began in March when the students decided to improve the appearance of the school’s front exterior.
“We started kind of small,” said fifth-grade teacher Tera Ross, “but we transformed it little by little with donations and student council planting and just kind of changing the overall look of our campus.”
McNeil said, “The crepe myrtles and the flowers just came out beautifully, and I couldn’t be more proud of it.”
About the author: Shane Mauldin is a MISD communications specialist.