Granbury HS Student Wins School Board Seat

Steven Pickering
November 08, 2018 - 5:57 pm
Chris Willis

Chris Willis

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GRANBURY (KRLD) - 18-year-old Granbury High School senior Chris Willis will have some extra responsibilities for the rest of the school year. He won a seat on the Granbury ISD school board this week. 

Willis says he first thought of running for the seat as a way to give back to the community. "I've lived in this town since my 6th-grade year. I've always been super-big about helping people grow, who they are and building a relationship," he said. 

At 18-years-old and as a registered voter who lives in the school district, he met the criteria to file for a place on the ballot. The incumbent Board Member had announced plans to step down, and Willis saw an opportunity to contribute. He had previously served on the district's Superintendent Student Advisory Committee. 

Willis faced two other candidates on the ballot who were significantly older. "I had a little bit of resistance from people who would say 'you're too young...you don't know enough or have enough life experience'. They would only say that online," Willis said. "Once people got to meet me and they saw what I was doing, they realized age is not a factor in this. I'm in the school now, so I know what's happening."

He plans to bring that student's perspective to the Granbury ISD Board of Trustees. He will go through an orientation for new board members and expects to attend his first meeting as a Board Member in December. 

One of Willis' goals is to make those meetings more accessible to the public by live-streaming video online. "One of the reasons is to get more people involved in our school board to see what's going on," he said. "There's several school boards in our area that will already do this. It helps parents or people who or working...and may not be able to be there. The second reason is it keeps everything transparent."