Ferguson-Florissant School District parent and board candidate Barbara Morris may not be well known by her competitors, but she’s showing the passion and drive she might need to earn a seat.
Morris faces a challenge from Ferguson-Florissant board incumbent Paul Schroeder and fellow parent Brian Scott Ebert for one of two seats on the board.
While Morris said that she’s unsure of all of her responsibilities and expectations for the board position, she does have two points of focus if elected to the position: No Child Left Behind and athletic participation.
She said that she wants to help the district continue to adapt to the No Child Left Behind standards.
“My mindset on No Child Left Behind will involve teachers getting more training,” she said. “Some of them have lost compassion to teach. The work sessions will motivate the teachers.”
Further, she said that with children having a different level of learning ability, it’s important to be able to focus classroom sizes around the different levels. She recommends putting two teachers in the classroom or eliminating some students from the classroom to adapt.
As far as athletic participation, Morris said that her two daughters, a junior and senior at McCluer South-Berkeley, have always been active in school-sponsored sports. She said she wants to see more students participate.
“A lot of kids are sitting around and playing video games,” she said. “I want to encourage them to go outside and do some soccer or other sport.”
Morris said she would like to review the idea of initiating a grant for elementary and middle school students to participate in a number of different athletics such as tennis, soccer and track and field.
Committed to lots of work to be done
The mom and homemaker has lived in the district for the past 20 years and has raised her children actively in the district.
She began with enrolling each of her girls in Parents as Teachers at the age of eight months and has continued to be an active member of the Parent/Teacher/Student Organization (PTSO).
“My main concern is supporting the PTSO across the board, retaining parent involvement, improve academic excellence and building unity between communities and the school district,” Morris wrote in an email.
With her high level of activity, she’s hoping to be able to inspire and encourage other young parents of the district and continue that even after her girls leave for college.
“My goal as a parent is to support my girls,” she said. “I’d like to see other children given the same opportunities.
“Once my girls are off to college, I would like to dedicate my time to represent the concerns of our community,” she wrote in an email to Florissant Patch. “I'd like to say, I will be your local civil servant seeking to restore faith and look forward to working with you for change.”