Brandi Nelson has been involved in the Cody School District for as long as she’s had children enrolled in it.
Now she wants to be a part of the group who helps steer the district in the right direction.
Nelson is one of eight candidates running for one of three open four-year term seats on the Cody School Board.
“I thought, ‘I could do this,’” she said.
Nelson knows the district well from a parent’s perspective, having started volunteering at Livingston School 10 years ago when her oldest was enrolled there. Now she has a child at Cody High School, another at the middle school – where she is also on a committee – and a third at Livingston.
She’s also been involved in other local boards and said she favors the treasurer role as she studied finance in college.
She still volunteers at the elementary school, but said with all her children in school, she has the opportunity to be more involved in the district.
“I have time,” she said. “I’m a stay-at-home mom and because of that blessing, I should give it.”
She also serves at her church, having led eight Vacation Bible Schools, and has been on the Yellowstone Fire Soccer board.
“I’ve been on a lot of boards and I feel this would be a good fit for me,” she said.
While Nelson did speak out at a district forum early in the year regarding the school guns policy to question whether guns make schools safer, she said she’s not running because of that policy.
“It had nothing to do with guns,” she said of her decision, which she prayed about with her husband. “But I do absolutely support the policy in place. I think they did a good job and made it a tight policy.”
Nelson said she also didn’t run because any person or group asked her to, but solely because she thought she should.
“I did this for my kids and all the kids in the Cody schools,” she said. “I’m a worker.”
She said with her finance background she’s excited to look at the budget and be there to make tough decisions.
Nelson said she’s also heard from a lot of teachers about there being an issue with teacher morale in the district, so she’d like to see what she could do to fix that.
“I do get the sense that teacher morale is an issue,” she said. “We need to find out why. If elected that would absolutely be something I would want to dig into.
“Is there any way the board could help?”