Parsons wins LHISD school board seat
By MIKE EDDLEMAN
Challenger Megan Parsons survived a three-person race for Place 7 on the Liberty Hill ISD Board of Trustees, defeating incumbent Scott Lindquist and another challenger, Terry Smith.
The margin of victory was 36 votes as Parsons collected 198 to Lindquist’s 162. Smith finished with 23 votes.
The total voter turnout of 383 was considerably less than the 660 who went to the polls in last year’s school board race with two contested seats.
Parsons was pleased with the support from voters and believes her involvement made the difference.
“I do think voters were excited about the change, but specifically what I am feeling from people is the change of having somebody who has been in the schools, working in the schools, volunteering and knows the teachers,” she said. “I get the impression that people are really excited to see what that can bring to the school board.”
During her campaign, Parsons focused on the importance of communication between the district and area residents, and she hopes to carry that focus over into her term.
“I’m hoping to focus on the communication,” she said. “I don’t know all the rules yet as to what can be communicated and what can’t, but I want to find that out and communicate what I can the best way I can. I hope to be able to maintain my Facebook page and just change the title and be able to help communicate what’s going on at the district level within the rules.”
As the legislative session winds down, she hopes state lawmakers follow through with plans to provide more funding for teacher salaries and education.
“I know the finance bills are still going through the Legislature, but I hope that will benefit teachers in a positive way and I hope that as a district we can continue that, too,” Parsons said. “I also hope if we are cutting funding for gifted and talented or special education – if the state cuts that funding – I hope as a district we can step up and cover that. Those things are very important.”
In retrospect, Parsons said that while campaigning was new for her, it was a exciting and she is just as excited for the next step.
“It was a very positive experience,” she said. “The support I felt from people over and over again was overwhelming. I’m extremely grateful for every person who went out and voted for me because the votes matter. I’m extremely excited to get going and figure out this next part of the journey.”