Voters will now have three write-in candidates to pick from when they go to the polls on Sept. 10 for the school board election.
Name: Steve Hoch
Why do you want to be on the school board?
During my previous terms on the school board, it seemed that most of my time and energy were spent on the mundane day-to-day operations of the district. While reviewing board policies, buying buses, and approving invoices are certainly part of the “job,” these tasks shouldn’t be the main focus of the board. If I could get a second chance, I would try to strike a balance between the routine “housekeeping” tasks and the need to promote initiatives that will improve the overall quality of our school system.
What is your background? Job(s), family, education, expertise, qualifications, etc.
I grew up on a farm north of Chariton and graduated from Chariton High School. I received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and went to work for Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electric Company (now part of Mid-American) after graduation. In 1979, I accepted a position with Iowa Southern Utilities as Electrical Manager at the nearly-completed Ottumwa Generating Station. In 1990, I moved to the ISU corporate office in Centerville as staff engineer for the Ottumwa and Burlington Generating Stations. I still work in the Centerville office today and perform a similar function, but due to mergers, the number of plants I work with has grown considerably. With a few exceptions, nearly all of my work experience has been in electric power generation.
I believe my engineering background has given me the ability to thoroughly analyze a problem or issue, develop several possible solutions, and select the best one based on the risks and rewards. A director, whether for a school district or for a multi-billion dollar company, must be able to calmly and rationally consider an issue, all the while keeping emotions and personal interests out of the picture.