(HELENA) Luke Muszkiewicz says he’s proud of the education he and his children have received in Helena schools. Now he wants to give back to the Helena School District as a member of the board of trustees.

“I want to do everything I can to be an advocate for Helena public schools, celebrate what they do well and see what we can do better,” he said.

Muszkiewicz is a software engineer with Anderson ZurMuehlen, an accounting and consulting firm in Helena. His daughters are a freshman at Helena High and a fourth-grader at Jefferson Elementary. This is the first time he has run for school board.

Muszkiewicz says facilities are the biggest issue facing Helena schools. He wants the district to put together a master plan on how it will address schools’ needs going forward.

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He supports the district’s current bond proposal to build three new elementary schools, saying it will be a key step to build support for other facility improvements.

“Once those schools are built, I think people are going to be excited about investing in Helena,” he said.

Muszkiewicz says he’s spent the campaign touring schools and talking to educators, parents and other community members about their priorities. He says he wants to continue doing that if he’s elected.

“We all live in one big Helena Valley, and I will take a holistic approach to assessing the needs of our students and the desires of our parents, and really try and regard the community as a whole in the decisions that I would make on the board,” he said.

Muszkiewicz is one of six candidates running for two open seats on the Helena school board. You can find interviews with the other five candidates here.

Ballots must be returned by May 2.