|EGUSD Area 6 candidate Steve Ly|
Motivated by his desire to improve educational opportunities for children and improve district labor relations, Elk Grove resident Steve Ly is seeking to become the Area 6 seat of the Elk Unified School District (EGUSD) seat this November.
As a teacher with the foster student program with the county board of education, Ly said that one of the biggest challenges facing the district is the labor problems between the teachers association and administrators. These problems, Ly said, are affecting the children.
When asked how he would work toward resolving labor issues between teachers and administrators, Ly said he has a coalition of people across the political spectrum supporting him and this reflects on his ability to bring people together. Ly said that all the parties are interested in providing quality education and that should be the starting point.
"We have to look at what we are striving for," Ly said. "With that common interest we can bridge that gap between the union and also the [district] superintendent."
Ly went on to say that there appears to have been a break down in communicating between the administrator and the teachers and that has led to a break down in trust.
As for how he will measure his success as board member after four years, Ly said he would like to see teachers and administrators talking and working together constructively for the benefit of the children.
Ly also noted that his experience as an educator has shown him certain results actually need to be measured over a period longer than four years. Ly said has had former students call him several years later relating personal successes.
"After 10 years they would give me a cold call me and say 'Mr. Ly, remember this incident a long, long time ago. You said this or did that and your changed my life,'" Ly said.
Ly, who ran for the school board 10 years ago noted he is not running for office to use this as a stepping stone for further advancement. "I am not a politician," he noted.