O'Fallon Progress

Air Force retiree eager to serve O’Fallon community

Matt Lloyd
Matt Lloyd

Matt Lloyd has always had a desire to serve his community but never had the opportunity until he retired from the U.S. Air Force.

Lloyd, 48, was appointed to the O’Fallon District 90 school board at a meeting last week.

“When I saw the vacancy published, my curiosity was piqued,” Lloyd said. “I saw an opportunity to serve the community.”

Lloyd wasn’t the only one interested in serving on the school board. Superintendent Carrie Hruby said 15 people applied for the open seat created when Chris Pulcher resigned.

Five of the applicants were selected by the board for interviews, which were conducted Sept. 14-15. Hruby, who wasn’t involved in the board member selection, said the school board was looking for a “team player.”

Lloyd, who works at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in St. Louis, will serve on the board until the April 2017 election.

“I really was looking for an opportunity to serve right now,” he said. “I wanted to get my feet wet and really get into the issues.”

Lloyd said he hasn’t decided 100 percent if he will run to retain his school board seat, but is leaning toward running.

Lloyd, who grew up in Michigan, and his wife, Kristen, have three children: one in middle school, one in high school and one in college.

When I saw the vacancy published, my curiosity was piqued. I saw an opportunity to serve the community.

Matt Lloyd, new O’Fallon District 90 School Board member

“I look forward to working with the other board members and the O’Fallon community and making our schools even better,” Lloyd said. “I want to do what I can to help.”

He said it’s a good idea for the board to “plan for storms” if the district were to experience financial difficulties in the future.

Lloyd is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering, and holds master’s degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.

This marks the first time Lloyd has served in public office.

“I’ve always been interested in serving in a public office,” Lloyd said. However, he was never in one place long enough to do so until he retired from the Air Force after a 25-year career.

Lloyd and his family decided to stay in O’Fallon after he retired.

“We love the community and thought the schools were great,” he said.

As a District 90 school board member, Lloyd said he looks forward to working with the community.

“I’m looking forward to talking to members of the community and finding out what their concerns are and addressing them,” he said.

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe