Tyler ISD board president Carr calling it quits

TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Tyler ISD board President Michelle Carr will not seek re-election for a fourth term.

Mrs. Carr, 51, who was first elected as the District 6 trustee in 2004, said it primarily was a family decision.

"It takes a great deal of time when I'm board president, and I just decided I wanted to spend more time at home," she said.

District 6 is one of three TISD board positions up for election in May. The other two are District 1 and District 3.

The Rev. Dr. Marty Dunbar filed last week to run for the District 6 position. Dunbar is associate pastor at Marvin United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Carr said she is most proud of the gains the district has made in closing the achievement gap. She said student performance measured throughout multiple years on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, the state's previous testing system, demonstrates this.

She also is proud of the district's long-range plan developed during more than a year through community meetings and board discussions. It moves the district forward through 2020 and beyond, she said.

Although Mrs. Carr will leave the board at the end of her term in May, she is not leaving the education world.

She plans to be involved with Raise Your Hand Texas, a nonprofit education advocacy organization that works to strengthen Texas public education, according to its website.

The organization funds a leadership program for public school principals and advocates for public policies to make public schools better for students, according to its website.

Mrs. Carr said she will volunteer as an East Texas representative in the area to help make school administrators, community leaders and others aware of the organization's work.

She said through her time on the board, she has gained a huge appreciation for educators.

The expectations placed on them are many, and yet they do the job with no excuses regardless of the challenge, she said.

"I have just been so impressed with people that have dedicated their lives to this profession," she said.

Mrs. Carr and her husband, Jeff, a cardiologist, have three children, one at Robert E. Lee High School, one at The University of Texas at Austin, and one in graduate school at Fuller Theological Seminary.


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