LCM senior seeks to improve district
Traditionally at this time of year, seniors are applying for scholarships, colleges, and working through the week at their jobs.
Kolby Flowers, however, has been focused on other goals as well. On Jan. 19, he announced his campaign for a seat on the LCM CISD Board of Trustees.
Flowers said he has seen a lot of the problems associated with the district that cannot be seen without a student perspective. That is the reason why he has decided to pursue this position.
“I feel that LCM has given me a great experience,” Flowers said. “My time as a student in the district provides me a fresh perspective of the issues that our students and teachers face on a daily basis. Typical school board members graduated at a time where issues today weren’t a problem.”
In 2009, Flowers created KolbyFlowers.com as a public forum for students, teachers, and parents to communicate with him about problems they face at an individual level at school. The site spawned from a petition to change dress code policy at the high school regarding shaving.
“It was at this point I knew I wanted to help out the kids at LCM,” Flowers said. “I created the website after seeing that the students appreciated being listened to and having their problems addressed. The site now has over 7,000 total hits since then and hundreds of messages from individual students.”
While a student in the LCM district, Flowers has acted as Student Council President for the past two years. Acting as President helped him realize his goal in this campaign, helping out his peers and future students.
“It’s a wonderful feeling when you know you’ve helped impact someone’s life,” Flowers said. “It is the job of the district to prepare its children for challenges they will face beyond the classroom and that’s what I want to do. I want that ability to say ‘I helped them get the best education they could receive’.”
Flowers, while waiting for election day, will continue his diligent work with KolbyFlowers.com and the LCM High School Student Council to make student experiences more productive and fun. He will keep in mind, however, his ultimate goal.
“I now want to be a part of improving the district for the benefit of the students and the community,” Flowers said. “My time in school was great, but the underlying issues need to be addressed to create a more creative and productive learning experience for every student that walks through our hallways.”