Larissa Thornburg has lived in Anna for more than 20 years. For nine of those years she’s served on the Anna Independent School District board of trustees in Place 7 and is hoping to make it three more.
Thornburg works as a finance controller and currently has one daughter at Anna High School. She’s also the treasurer of the Anna High School Band Booster Club.
Q: Why did you decide to run again?
A: Well I’m an advocate for helping kids achieve growth in their educational path that will prepare them for their future. I enjoy working with the district and making decisions that provide those opportunities.
Q: Over the three terms you have been on the board what would you say is the board’s biggest accomplishment?
A: I’m proud of the kids. I’m proud of their accomplishments. What we’re able to accomplish for these kids is providing them great facilities, providing educational programs, increasing those programs. Providing them opportunities for post-graduation, whether it be college, work force or military.
Q: What do you think about the future of the Anna School District? What do you see for the future of it?
A: I see great things. We have got great kids and when you build on things for the kids, when you keep the kids in mind you’ll be able to do things for them. We’re building great facilities for them. We’ve looked at a time line for the new expansion of the high school, the building of elementary number four, the building off middle school number two. We want to be able to build on those because we’re growing so fast. We want to be able to bring in programs that will help them and will further what they want to be able to do in the future. I see great opportunities for these kids.
What are the biggest challenges as a board member going forward?
A: Our biggest challenge right now is facilities. It’s trying to keep up with the growth. It’s growing really fast and so trying to keep classroom size where they need to stay so the kids can get the attention and progress as needed. That’s what I think is our biggest challenge right now, is facilities.