Biography

Name: Steven Adams

Address: 11111 Sumac Lane, Minnetonka

Age: 69

Family: Wife, Donna, taught Hopkins School District for 42 years; two grown children, Michael and Julia, both graduates from Hopkins High School; three grandchildren

Employment: Part-time marketing consultant to IT companies

Education: Graduate of Minnetonka High School; BA, English, Macalester College; MBA, University of St. Thomas

Community involvement: Served on Minnetonka Planning Commission for six years; Served on the most recent 20-year Comprehensive Plan Committee for city of Minnetonka; Chaired the Imagine Minnetonka Committee in 2016; Current Chair of the Hopkins Legislative Action Coalition (LAC); Active in Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church in Golden Valley; Chaired Empty Bowls campaign in Hopkins, 2016

Previous experience: Completing my eighth year on Hopkins School Board; Chaired the Association of Metropolitan School Districts for 2017-18 school year

Q&A

Why do you want to be on the Hopkins School Board?

I want to continue my work of the last eight years in taking the district from great to world-class.

What is your view of the state of the school district?

The school district is financially strong and is very focused on becoming world-class for student achievement.

What would be your top priorities as a School Board member?

As school board treasurer, I am focused on keeping the district financially sound as we embark on our world-class journey.

What, if any, areas in the district budget should be adjusted?

I would like to budget for year-round school at, at least, one elementary school and also budget for later start times at our secondary schools.

What should be done to address the achievement gap?

More opportunities for students from low-income families. They can achieve just as well if given the opportunity.

What skills should be added or emphasized in classrooms to educate students for a 21st-century career or workplace?

More internship opportunities; more options for learning a trade rather in addition to going to college.

How should Hopkins Schools ensure the safety of its students?

We have spent millions on creating safe entrances to all of our facilities. We have a School Resource Officer (SRO) at the high school but we could add more at our junior highs.

Have you ever been charged with a gross misdemeanor or higher, or been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy or foreclosure?

No.

Getting to know you

Favorite book or movie?

Any book by Michael Lewis. My favorite was “The Big Short”. One movie that I rewatch frequently is “Groundhog Day.”

Last live show or concert you attended?

Irv Williams’ 100th birthday party at The Dakota.

Favorite subject in school?

Math.

What would be the title of your life story?

“Reliable”

Dream vacation destination?

New York City. There’s so much to do there.

Favorite local business?

There are so many great ones: Lunds and Byerlys grocery stores, LTD Brewing, Fred’s Shoe Repair, and Down in the Valley come to mind immediately.

Frances Stevenson is a reporter for the Lakeshore Weekly News, covering the communities around Lake Minnetonka.

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