After approving criteria they will use to hire a new superintendent for the Brownwood Independent School District, trustees appointed Nesa Morelock to fill an unexpired term in Single-Member District 2.

This is such an important time, with a new superintendent being selected, I wanted to be sure my district where I live is represented, Morelock said Friday afternoon. Being a Realtor, Im always out there selling the school district, so I have a business interest in it. And Ive had three children in Brownwood schools, and I think theyve got a great education.

Morelock, who is a former teacher at Coggin Elementary School, said she believes she can approach school board service from the perspective of a parent, a teacher and a business person.

Morelock said both she and her husband, Scott Morelock, are products of Brownwood schools, and that her family has a vested interest in education.

I hope I can be an asset, Morelock said. I expect to learn a lot. Every time I attend a board meeting, Im amazed. Its going to be interesting to see it from the other side of the big desk.

Former trustee Sandra Garcia resigned from her seat on Oct. 31 when she moved out of the single-member district. Board members considered calling a special election to fill the seat, but due to the time the process would require and standardized election dates set by the state, a new superintendent would be hired by the time the election could be held. Trustees opted to make an appointment rather than proceed with the selection with District 2 not represented.

The motion to appoint Morelock was made by Dr. Justin Murphy, who cited her 20 years of residence in District 2, her experience as a teacher and the children she has in the system. The board voted 4-1 to appoint her, with Roderick Jones opposed and Mark Bradshaw absent.

In discussion prior to the vote, Jones said he believed another person who expressed an interest in the position who has prior school board experience in another, smaller district would have a head start on board service. Murphy said he believed the longer residence of Morelock in the community offset that.

I just think were fortunate to have two qualified people who are willing to serve, trustee John Nickols said.