Lynette Morgan has lived in Melissa for a little over a year. She is parent to one student in the district and a grandparent to another student. She is running for Place 1 on Melissa schools board of trustees.
Before moving to Melissa, Morgan lived in Dallas. She worked as an English teacher for nine years and now works for a roofing distribution company. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a bachelor’s in English.
Q: Why did you decided to run for the school board?
A: Well, I get that a lot especially since I’ve only been here for about a year and half here in Melissa, but you know I guess you have to ask what drew me to Melissa first, and that was really the small-town feel. I came from teaching in a small district, but I’m quickly realizing that is changing and quickly. So I understand that there are some people who have been on the board for a while, but with all the things that are changing I think that it’s also times for a little bit of change in the school board. I don’t understand why there aren’t more people running for the school board with our exceptional growth that we’re experiencing. And that equates to a more diverse population and a lot of interest that are going to grow and expand with that. So I believe that I have the skill set, especially with my education perspective and I believe that if you have all the skill sets necessary, the business, the education, the project management, the leadership skills, you really can’t pass up the opportunity to step in and make a difference, especially when it can concern the youth of our community and our future generation.
Q: Have you been to any of the board meetings recently?
A: I have yes. I went to the one in March.
Q: What do think the board should be looking into with the growth in Melissa?
A: Obviously facilities and all of that brings in a whole other plethora of issues. So the biggest concern we all know. It’s just on the forefront of everybody’s minds, is how fast we’re growing. Are we going to be able to adequately plan for those years into the future that are going to accommodate this growth? So, when I’m having conversations I often compare public school districts to the Titanic. You know people look at big school districts and they realize if you make a wrong decision you can just shift and go in a different direction. It’s not like that in public schools and because of my, I guess behind-the-scenes work, I’ve been in the trenches with public education and I know that there are budget constraints, there’s regulations, a large number of stakeholders, and just being a government institution in general lends itself to the fact that once your plans are set in motion you can’t change them. Not very easily. So, those things have to be looked at from a very broad-minded perspective.