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Schroth announces candidacy for school board

on April 03, 2013 10:40 AM

Walter A. Schroth, vice president of the Indiana Area School Board of Directors and a local small-business owner, announced his candidacy for a third term on the board.

Schroth has served the Indiana community for more than seven years as a school director.

He currently serves as chairman of the buildings, grounds and transportation, and ESCO committees. In addition, he serves on the audit and finance, policy and personnel, as well as the academic and extracurricular committees.

Through his work on the audit and finance committee, Schroth was instrumental in reducing the expenses of the Indiana school district for this school year by $1.6 million.

As head of the ESCO committee, Schroth oversaw, at the board level, the planning and implementation of physical improvements at every building in the district that will result in $300,000 in energy savings each year.

“We are finally going to get the roofs fixed and the HVAC systems upgraded in all of our buildings, especially the often overlooked elementary schools.” Schroth said in a release. “Between the guaranteed energy savings and the reduction of expenses, the district was able to maintain its A-positive bond rating, an almost unheard of feat in this day and age in public financing.”

Schroth is an ex-officio member of the ad hoc Challenger Learning Center committee that has been getting widespread regional support.

“The development and establishment of a CLC will go a long way in moving IASD onward and upward in the critical math and science subject areas.” Schroth said. “The key to this program is to help our younger students in the upper elementary and middle school grades to make the connection between what they learn in the classroom textbooks and how it is used in a real world application.”

Schroth pointed out that one of the primary goals of the program is to excite these younger minds to take the more advanced courses in high school and post- secondary education and pursue careers in science and engineering.

One of Schroth’s goals in his next term is to help direct the district to ensure that 100 percent of all third-graders in the district are reading and comprehending what they read on the third-grade level by the end of that school year.

“If we can get all of the little kids to read on grade level by the third grade, it is much easier to keep them on grade level as they move upward through the grades. It is simply too costly to both the students and the taxpayers to have 20 to 30 percent of our students playing catch-up for 12 years.

“Like a house that must have a good foundation if it is to stand the test of time, learning to read on grade level in the elementary years is the foundation for everything our students do, not only the rest of their school years but throughout their lives. The education of our younger students is the key to this district’s success in the future — you know, the little kids matter, too.”

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