Major elected to Region 13 TASB Board of Directors

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By Rachel Madison

If you know Kathy Major, then you know exactly where her passion lies — public education. Major has dedicated most of her life to advocating for students and making certain they are given the chance to gain an excellent education.

She has spent more than three decades in the Liberty Hill Independent School District, where she worked as a teacher, assistant principal, and lastly as principal at Liberty Hill Intermediate School from 2000 to 2017. In 2018, she was elected to the LHISD Board of Trustees, where she now serves as vice president, and in 2020, she joined the Liberty Hill Education Foundation as a Board liaison.

Now, Major has also been elected to a three-year term on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors for Region 13. A position opened earlier this year, and Major decided to apply. She was endorsed by her fellow LHISD board members and did an extensive interview with members of TASB’s nominations committee. There are 55 school districts in Region 13, and four candidates sought the position.

“We all had to go in for the same interview and answer the same questions, and somehow I emerged out of that as the recommended candidate,” Major said. “All four of us had an opportunity to give a speech at this year’s delegate assembly [in September]. From there, I was elected based on the majority vote.”

TASB has been around since 1949 and is a voluntary, nonprofit, statewide educational association that serves and represents Texas school boards. The organization’s primary goals are to share information through publications and training to help school board members serve their communities more effectively, and to speak with a unified voice to decision makers to chart the best future for public schools. In her new role with TASB, Major is looking forward to doing just that.

“What’s best for [Liberty Hill] might not be best elsewhere, but ultimately what is right between districts doesn’t change much, like accountability, treating people right, making common sense decisions and working for excellence,” she said. “TASB provides trainings on all of that, plus legal, finance, safety and personnel. I want to do those same things—fight for things that are right for public education. I truly believe public education is the backbone to a strong country.”

Major said she wants to help Texas school boards, as well as the Liberty Hill community, learn how to communicate effectively without anger.

“I want to be strong enough to do that,” she said. “I want to be part of the solution to listen to people who differ from me. Most people have something that’s relevant in their argument that you need to address. I also want to help keep education strong in our state. We need to keep our standards high and just continually grow in excellence. Good enough isn’t good enough. We should always be striving for more.”

Major added that she wouldn’t have applied for the TASB position if she didn’t feel LHISD’s school board was strong.

“Our Board is exceedingly strong and high functioning,” she said. “People won’t always agree with us, but we work together as a team. That all ties in together with TASB. If we want our state to be the best, then we have to have people modeling that at every level.”

Major said ultimately, nothing makes her more proud than the students in LHISD, and the opportunity to serve with TASB will give her another avenue to help make the best local decisions possible for them.

“This is a huge privilege and opportunity, and I want to do it right,” she said. “I hope at the end of three years, people can say they are proud. As long as I can work for kids, I will.”

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