My name is Christy Morris and I have been proud to call Lexington my home for the past 20 years. I have decided to run for Fayette County School Board in District 1. As a mother of two young children that will be attending public schools in Fayette County for the next decade, I believe that I am different type of stakeholder. The decisions I make on school board will still be affecting my sons for the next decade. My investment in Fayette County Schools is long-term, and with a degree and background in finance, I understand the importance of sound investments.
Once elected to serve District 1, my top priority is to return local control to each of our schools.
Over the past several years, we have witnessed the erosion of control given to our School Based Decision Making Councils: the body of parents, teachers, and administrators elected on a school level, that make important decisions for each of our schools. I want to re-empower our schools to give them the funding and control they need to make choices that best serve the needs of their unique populations. Teachers deserve respect and our community deserves a seat at the table. In order to provide a great education to ALL of our children, we must recognize that our students and schools are all diverse and have different needs.
As a coach, parent, and community activist, I will continue my work in eliminating childhood hunger in our schools and developing community partners to fill the gaps in both resources and volunteers. I am one of the founders of a local grassroots charity: Fayette, Eating, Education, and Delivery (FEED). Our goal is to make sure that every child in FCPS that lives in a food insecure household receives healthy and nutritious food over weekends and holidays.
Several years ago, I learned how James Lane Allen Elementary (sister school to Rosa Parks Elementary where my sons attend) had very little support in terms of classroom volunteers and support for the teachers. This inspired me to make it my goal to not only personally serve this school, but to establish community partnerships to join my efforts. Because of this work, Alpha Gamma Delta at the University of Kentucky, has adopted this school to help fulfill volunteer needs and to work together with one of our business partners, Crank & Boom, to provide 92 kids each week with food bags to take home. Many times the needs of a school are not communicated outside of that school. Our goal at FEED is to raise awareness and, through grassroots efforts, bring the community together to find solutions to fulfilling this basic human need for our children. We are currently serving 7 schools, including 4 schools in District 1, and working hard to expand our efforts to Dunbar High School and Bryan Station Middle School, identifying sponsors to help serve additional students at these schools in the fall.
Transparency and trust are vital if we expect taxpayers to be confident in how our resources are being used.
As your School Board representative, I will use my background in finance to cast votes and make decisions impacting our community only after I’ve had the opportunity to read proposals, get questions answered, and receive your input. When budgets are tight, we need to be able to trust our leaders to cast informed votes while being transparent with the public about them. My votes will be evidence-based, using the best available data and getting input from not only experts in education, but also community stakeholders like parents, teachers, and taxpayers.
If elected to represent you on the School Board, I will bring a new, needed type of experience and perspective to the table. This will be a natural extension of my work in community and grassroots engagement to support for our public schools. I will use my passion as an advocate for our children to empower schools on a local level, my stake in the community as a parent to build trust between the board and our community; and my background in finance to expand transparency in every decision that the board makes. My children—and all of our children—should expect nothing less.