Round Rock school district teachers LouAnn Covington and Kim Boen share a history that spans three decades, back to when Boen was Covington’s cheerleading coach at Chisholm Trail Middle School.
“She was our friend and teacher and just made school fun,” Covington said. “She made us want to keep doing what we were doing. We even got to be a part of her wedding as members of the house party.”
Covington is now an art teacher at Cactus Ranch Elementary School.
Though Boen and Covington still keep in touch, the pair had a chance to reconnect last week at an ice cream social for Round Rock graduates who now work for the district . The social was a part of several yearlong festivities celebrating the school district’s 100th anniversary this year.
Like Covington, Boen graduated from Round Rock High School. One of her favorite high school activities was being a part of the Dragonettes dance team.
“Things have changed in Round Rock and we’ve grown quite a bit but there is still that small-town feel here,” Boen said.
Community members also celebrated the centennial milestone with the fine arts celebration, “Crossroads of Time,” at the district’s performing arts center.
Deputy Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora commended the students and staff for their hard work on the performance.
“A lot of school districts can’t say they’ve celebrated 100 years,” Deputy Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said. “Congratulations to Round Rock ISD in the past, present and future.”
The Round Rock school district dates back to 1913, the year the federal income tax took effect. With a vote of 57-2, the school district was officially created in May, with the first school board meeting taking place May 30. In July, voters approved a bond for $29,000 to construct a school building for all grades. In March 1914, T.A. Ferguson began working as the first superintendent.
As students and staff weathered the Great Depression, the Rev. Theo Krienke was elected to the Round Rock school board in 1932 and served for 22 years. He served as president for 21 years, until 1954. When not serving on the school board, Krienke worked as superintendent of the Lutheran Aid and Orphan Society, which is currently known as Trinity Care Center on Main Street.
Krienke’s son, Roy, also attended Round Rock schools and has worked as a bus driver in the district since 1999. His sister-in-law, Sharon Krienke, worked as a head cook at Brushy Creek Elementary for over 20 years.
“We’ve all had our hand in the school district in some way,” Roy Krienke said. “My dad was a fine man but a busy man who wanted to serve the people of the school district.”