Bill Gray has been a board member on the Melissa Schools board of trustees for three years — he’s seeking reelection to Place 2.
He moved to Melissa six years ago. At that time he had a child in middle school and one in high school. Now, one has graduated from Melissa High School and another is about too. Gray is a dentist and graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree and Baylor College of Dentistry
Q: Why are you running again?
A: I’m deciding to run again because a lot of good things have happened in Melissa in the last three years and really since we moved to Melissa. And it’s been a privilege and I would say a lot of fun being a part of it. And we haven’t finished what we want to do. There’s still a lot of things to do and a lot of growth. And I’ve enjoyed what we’re doing for the kids of Melissa, from a school stand point.
Q: What do you think is the biggest thing the district has accomplished in the last three years?
A: The big thing is the new high school — construction on the high school. When I got on the board three years ago they really didn’t plan on building a high school for five years. But Melissa has grown so much in the last three years that we’ve been able to maximize some state funding and financially we’re in such good shape that we can go ahead and start that school this year. And they plan on opening a new grade school or elementary school in about 19 or 20, but we’re actually going to open a new elementary school this year too.
Q: What has been the biggest challenge for you and other board members?
A: The biggest challenge is just purely money. If we had more money we could do a lot of the things that we want to do, but for instance our school system, we’re funded by the state in the 50 percentile bracket. But we actually perform in the 10-percentile bracket, the upper-10 percentile. So money is a challenge. We have to watch our pennies and we can’t waste any money.