Steven Hulett, one of 15 candidates for school board, said people
running for this office do it for altruistic reasons.
“They are certainly not doing it for the money,” Hulett said.
“They care about the schools.”
Hulett, a business representative for the animation guild Local
839 IATSE and former English and history teacher, said teachers he
speaks with are frustrated at not being able to communicate with the
“Nobody is saying, ‘Gosh, we have an open-door policy with the
board.’ I hear exactly the opposite,” he said.
Individually, Hulett said, board members are talking to people,
but the perception is the board as an entity is uncommunicative. If
he is elected, Hulett promises to remove this perception.
“The single most important thing I want to do is face time with
people I represent,” Hulett said. “I will visit each school site, and
hold information workshops at each school for parents.”
Another promise Hulett is making is not to serve more than two
“I think it is important to have fresh ideas ... come into the
district. When board members simply run term after term after term,
it prevents new ideas from coming up,” he said.
The new board will have to scrutinize every line-item expenditure
in the budget because, Hulett said, it is clear to him there is going
to be less money.
Everyone will have to take cuts, and Hulett said he wants to make
sure the pain is shared.
“Even if cuts are $5,000 or $10,000, we must do it. The pain is
unavoidable,” Hulett said. “The one thing we can’t have is support
and teaching staff taking a larger share of reductions.”