Couple inducted in to Melissa ISD Wall of Honor
Longtime Melissa school supporters Don and Sue Hixon were inducted into the Melissa Schools Wall of Honor during a Nov. 3 celebration. They were joined by their daughter, Melissa ISD alum Mindy, and two granddaughters. Also in attendance were Melissa ISD Superintendent Keith Murphy, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Robert Rich and Coach Kenny Deel, Executive Director of Operations.
Rich nominated the Hixons for the Wall of Honor. During his remarks, he noted that Sue has been involved with local churches and civic organizations in addition to serving as the longtime district-wide nurse for Melissa ISD.
“During her many selfless years of service to the students of Melissa ISD, she not only attended to the health needs but also the social and emotional needs of families and students,” Rich said. “Along with her husband, Sue is part of the fabric of the early foundation of our school district. She connected us with the Pioneer Club, local churches, food banks, and community groups. She has always been a behind-the-scenes networker and builder of relationships. If nothing else, all you have to do is see her smile.”
The Hixons moved to Melissa in 1969. Sue initially volunteered for the schools before serving as the district nurse until her retirement.
Don has also been a longtime advocate for the district. Among his many roles, he has served on the district’s building program committee. Rich said that many people may not know Don, but he had a hand in developing and promoting all of the good things people love about the district today.
“Don Hixon has been an integral part of the community’s effort to plan for schools and growth in Melissa,” Rich said. “He has worked with community members, district personnel, architects, demographers, and city planners, often building bridges between all. In the early 2000s, there was a large debate within Melissa about if the community wanted to have a high school. Don’s advocacy for the children, families, and community cannot be overstated.”