Steven Huth works as a firefighter and paramedic for the City of Plano, and has lived in Melissa for more than 10 years. He’s running for Place 2 on the Melissa Schools Board of Trustees.

He has two children who currently attend the district. Previously, he volunteered with the Melissa Fire Department and city charter committee. He has a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University with a major in sports fitness kinesiology.

Q: Why did you decide to run for the Melissa schools board of trustees?

A: Well, I decided to run because I’ve always been active in the community and at this particular time I see a need in the MISD, with my kids becoming older and starting to get in the upper grades. I decided to run because I like serving other people and I like helping out. This particular time because of the growth that we’re fixing to experience in the MISD, we have some very important decisions that we’re going to have make in the future and I feel that I have a good attitude towards Melissa ISD and towards the community and I feel that I’m a good candidate to proceed in that process.

Q: What do you think you would bring to the board?

A: I’m just going to be able to bring my life experience as being a UIL and NCAA and semi-pro athlete. Obviously, I understand the athletic side of it. Also with my degree I went through my educational courses and so I understand a lot of what these teachers and these superintendents and the school is going to face a time of growth. As far as academically as well, I do believe that every ISD’s first primary goal should be a good education and in my experience throughout life it’s the small things, paying attention to the details is what makes a difference.

Q: Have you attended any of the board meetings previously?

A: I have, I have been going to board meetings on and off for over the past few years. I have attended most of the current ones here in the past year.

Q: What do you think are the board’s biggest challenges moving forward for the school district?

A: The obvious challenge is financially obviously, but I also think along with finances the growth at MISD is the safety of our kids. As we grow not only as an ISD but as the town around us grows we need to make sure we stay drug free, alcohol free, and that we know how to handle cyber bulling and things like that. That way the child’s experience at Melissa ISD is safe, beneficial and enjoyable.