Appointed to the Swanton Board of Education in 2019, John Schaller wants to make sure younger families have the same positive experiences as his family. He was appointed to fill the spot vacated by Autumn Adams.
“Both of my boys just completed their K-12 education through the Swanton school system, and as a parent I was very impressed with the quality of the people and programs in the Swanton school district,” said Schaller. “I would like the younger families in the district to be able to have the same quality education and positive experiences that our family and boys were able to experience over the last 13 years. I feel that my education, work experience, and volunteer experience will allow me to bring value to the Swanton Local Schools district.”
Schaller earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Bowling Green State University with a major in sport management. “This education gave me a foundation in areas such as athletic coaching, public relations, marketing/advertising, event promotion, Title IX, facilities management, and legal considerations regarding sport and recreation programs,” said.
For the last 25 years his career has been based in sales, having spent five of those years in the financial services and insurance field, and the last 15 years in the medical field as a pharmaceutical representative. During his sons’ years in the school system, he was active as a volunteer with Junior Achievement and a youth soccer coach for eight years.
Schaller said many of the issues facing Swanton schools are very similar to what most of the other districts face.
“Things such as school funding and budget concerns (e.g. increasing health care cost), providing relevant programs and state performance, aging building/facility upkeep, and attracting and keeping quality educators are areas that most districts will have to deal with,” he said. “Currently our district is financially working with a surplus, and trying to maintain deficit neutral spending to keep us there will be important.”
He also hopes to bring value to the district as areas of need arise during his tenure. “My goal for the district is that they continue to provide quality education in this quickly changing world, finding ways to provide unique educational opportunities, and create pride for this community.”
Schaller said was exposed to many great people in the school system over the last 13 years.
“This is a close knit community which has added to the positive educational experience. We are also blessed to have some very unique programs in our district, which have helped many students in the next phase of their life,” he said. “I have sensed a growing pride over the years in the Swanton schools and community. I would like to see this momentum continue, and feel that it is important for me to give back to the system that has given my children a great education and provided so many positive lifelong memories for my family.”
Schaller will most likely seek to stay on the board when his term expires at the end of 2021.
“A lot can happen in two years, but at this point I see no reason why I would not want to continue at this position,” he said.