Q: The district is currently undergoing a facilities assessment. With decreasing state revenues for public schools, how would you approach generating revenue to address facility needs?
A: If our facilities assessment committee recommended the need for new facilities or even updating the present facilities, we need to look at how we might be able to bring in more money. We would want to balance the needs of our community with the ability to create facilities that could generate revenues for the district through rental agreements, lease options and possible shared services with our community. Before looking at raising taxes in this tight economy and in this time where many homeowners are being asked for more resources to help schools, we would need to look towards grants that are available such as community grants. Also, we need to make sure our school leaders are investing our funds in the way that will give us the greatest return on our investments.
Q: How has your experience and background uniquely prepared you for the duties of a school board member?
A: This is my 16th year to serve in public school education. I taught high school science for 13 years with five years of service in Mineral Wells ISD. For the past three years I have taught various elementary grades and disciplines. Recently, I earned my Masters in Education Administration from Lamar University. Throughout the years, I have served on various school improvement and climate committees, coached sports, sponsored several extra-curricular activities and fulfilled administrative duties. I have served the youth and community in Mineral Wells through volunteer activities. For example, I have coached youth soccer and basketball teams and participated in the Citizens Police Academy. I can bring a new perspective to the MWISD school board with all of my public education experience and training. Also, I bring knowledge from a business perspective, since my husband and I own and operate Lee’s Collision Repair in Mineral Wells. My husband and I were raised in Mineral Wells and we have deep roots here. We understand that educational opportunities determine the community’s future. If our schools are excellent, the community will be excellent.