Q. What steps should be taken to make Aledo ISD the best it can be?
A. To add to the great things that we are already doing, we need to continue to expand our program and curriculum offerings for our students at all grade levels. The STEM program is a good start, but we need to continue to expand the choices our students have to learn. We need to continue to pursue alternative sources of funding to help increase and enhance what we can offer our students. Our success as a school district will be as great as our community wants it to be. The newly established Aledo Education Foundation is a great example of our community taking ownership of our district and making great things happen. I look forward to helping find more ways to involve our community to continue to make our school district the best it can be.
James Riley Morrison, 18, is a member of the Aledo High School Class of 2014 and the former state president of Texas Future Business Leaders of America. He is the son of Glenn and Tami Morrison. Morrison lists the Ride for Heroes as his involvement in the community and Future Business Leaders of America as a professional affiliation.
Q. What is the school district’s biggest problem and how can you help solve it?
A. There are a plethora of issues that our district must face in the coming years — population growth and House Bill 5 issues being the most important. Population growth is a serious issue that we face, and it goes hand-in-hand with House Bill 5. HB 5 gives school districts the freedom to create an individual curriculum, specialized for their needs and tailored for our students. However, as the district grows, we are faced with a hard question — what are the new students going to do to Aledo ISD. We cannot possibly know, but we should prepare by investing in courses and programs that will adequately prepare our students for the future.