Wichita Falls Independent School District
(Interim Board Member Appointed and Sworn in July 18, 2016)
Three individuals nudged Mr. Tom Bursey to consider taking a spot on the Wichita Falls ISD school board when President Trey Sralla resigned. Mr. Bursey considered it a good idea, as did WFISD board members, who interviewed and appointed him for the Place 5 board vacancy.
Mr. Bursey came to Wichita Falls in 1976 when he served with the U.S. Air Force. After a 22 year Air Force career, he retired and took up other work: two years as a private investigator, five years as a Delphi plant supervisor, and then another career with the postal service. First he was a carrier, then supervisor.
He and his wife put three children through Hirschi High School: one daughter (Nadajalah) who lives in Frsco, another daughter (Phlecia) who lives in Rockwell/Heath, and a son (James) who died in 2010.
Today, he volunteers as transportation coordinator for the Disabled American Veteran (DAV) organization. He drives veterans from Wichita Falls to the Oklahoma City’s VA Medical Center for the medical appointments. He volunteers with Meals on Wheels. Tom is also the President of the Board for the Sonshine House, a charity organization that provides free food and clothes to needy families, sponsored by four local Church of Christ congregations.
His friends thought he would be good at helping guide the schools as a school board member. Mr. Bursey said he will support the building of better facilities, projects that make it easier for kids to learn, efforts to get more parents involved in the schools and monitor students more effectively.
“I want to help the district to move forward and get the community moving forward, as well. I want to help drive a school district that prepares students for careers, not just jobs.”