Kelly Snodgrass, who is serving his 15th year on the Glen Rose Independent School District's Board of Trustees, last week became the fourth person to officially file seeking one of the three positions up for grabs in the May 6 election.

Snodgrass, 56, has been serving as president of the Board for the past three years, and before that was the secretary.

"I've always been one, when I start something I stick with it," the Tarleton State University graduate said of wanting to run once more.

He explained that his aim isn't to keep the Board to be stagnant, "but to see continual progressive improvements - push things forward in a productive way for the students."

Naturally, sound budget management is a key consideration for board members, Snodgrass noted.

“The education field is a constantly changing endeavor,” Snodgrass said. “You just have to make sure you stay ahead of the curve. Obviously, one of the big things is fiduciary and policy. We’re constantly required to look forward and make adjustments.”The other three who previously filed to be on the ballot are Jason Dillard, Tammy Hille and Andy Snow. Dillard and Snow are on the current Board. The applications to be on the ballot must be returned to Judy Shipman at the GRISD Office, 1102 Stadium Drive, by Friday, Feb. 17. The office is open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Snodgrass grew up in Lake Worth, but he and his family members have long been part of the Glen Rose Community. He and his wife Patty had a boy and a girl who grew up here and graduated from Glen Rose High School. They also have a granddaughter who is a second-grader at Glen Rose Elementary School.

Snodgrass is in his 32nd year of employment at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, where he is Chief Operating Officer. Before he was CEO, he served as the center's director of animal care and natural resources management.

He said that the GRISD is a “phenomenal” school district, the students and community are “incredible,” and Superintendent Wayne Rotan is “a wizard” on budget matters. Snodgrass added that he likes the fact that the school system here is so central to the community.

“I share a sincere passion for this community,” he said, “Through time and tenure, one gets to continue to that moving forward that has to take place.”