Education has always been a large part of David Steves’ life.
As the son of a teacher, he saw the life of an educator firsthand.
“My dad taught math and science for more than 30 years. When I would need help with something, he would always stop what he was doing to help me, and he always made it easier for me,” Steves said.
His father, Jerry Steves, also served nine years on the Yorktown school district board of trustees. Through his father’s experience, Steves also learned about the life of a school board member as well.
“After living in Victoria for more than 20 years ... I think it’s time for some change (on the board),” Steves, 42, said.
Steves is running for the Super District 7 seat on the Victoria school board in the May 4 election. Current board member Michael DiSanto, who occupies the seat, is not seeking reelection.
The three candidates spoke during a forum April 1.
The Yorktown native lives toward the Mission Valley area and is a member of the Mission Valley Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the group to help keep the residential area in the county safe from grass fires. Steves said his reason for running is he was not satisfied with the direction the district was heading in its management of funds.
Steves said he saw reactive maintenance at Mission Valley Elementary rather than preventative maintenance for at least three years.
“The roof would leak, and it would be patched up, and then it would rain again and the roof would leak in another spot,” he said.
Steves said he could provide out-of-the-box thinking and solutions for the district as a member of the school board. He enjoys working with math, and he said he would try his best to help the district with its fund balance, which has been on the decline for years.
“I enjoy challenges and thinking up a solution, and I would like to ensure that every child can continue to receive a good education,” he said.