(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A former St. Joseph school district employee is campaigning for a seat on the Board of Education. Lorrie Hollis said she has personal and professional ties to the district that prompted her to run for a seat on the school board.
“My grandchildren are a part of this school district, so it’s very important to me what happens in the future,” Hollis said.
Hollis is a grandmother to five children in the St. Joseph school system and retired from Central High School after working for over 20 years as a bookkeeper.
She said her primary goal if elected to the board is to establish solid communication and trust between the school district and the community.
“We’ve got to get the trust back between the community and the school district. If I can do something to help that, then that’s what I want to do, it’s just kind of my personality,” Hollis said.
For Hollis, rebuilding district trust means going over every detail of the school district's budget.
“I think everything needs to be gone through with a fine toothed comb,” Hollis said.
Hollis said if elected she wants to eliminate the use of outside research firms and transfer the responsibility to the school board.
“We need to put an end to this. We need to see what needs to be done. Stop wasting money hiring other companies to do our research that we should be doing,” Hollis said.
Despite the lack of community support for last years tax levy, Hollis feels it is still possible to pass a tax to fund resources for the district.
“We do need to get a tax passed, but it’s not going to happen if we don’t start listening to what the community has to say,” Hollis said.
Regardless of who will be filling the three open seats on the school board, Hollis said elected board members need to spend time listening to what the community has to say.
“One of the things we’ve gotta stop doing is letting the public feel like their screaming and saying what they do or don’t want and nobody is listening,”Hollis said.
Hollis will be up against six other candidates looking to fill three open seats on the school board during the general election on Tuesday, April 3rd.