XENIA — After what he called the greatest four years of his professional career, Greene County Career Center Superintendent Dan Schroer is going home.
The 45-year-old has accepted a position as superintendent at Margaretta Local Schools in Erie County in northern Ohio. His resignation was accepted by the career center school board on Thursday.
Located in Castalia, near his hometown of Oak Harbor, Schroer and his wife, Kim, will be closer to their families.
“We’re very excited to be in northern Ohio,” Schroer said. “We have not been there in 18 years and it’s exciting to be going back.”
It’s somewhat of a big change for Schroer. Instead of overseeing just high school students, as he has done at the career center, Schroer will run an entire school district. It’s a change he’s happily anticipating.
“I’m excited to be a part of a school district that is a small, comprehensive district where I’ll be able to see kids as they enter kindergarten where they set their goals and go through the high school to graduation,” Schroer said.
While he doesn’t want to say he left a legacy at the career center, he did say the results under his watch have been incredible.
“Over the last four years our student performance has improved to amazing levels,” Schroer said. “Our students are passing the OGT at higher levels than ever before. Our career technical organization success is as great as it’s ever been.”
The student achievement under Schroer’s watch is a big reason finding a successor will not be easy.
“Dan’s going to be a tough act to follow,” said board president Al Nels. “He has made a lot of positive changes in our career center. He has done a wonderful job of promoting our students and their successes. He’s been a strong advocate for them. We’re in the business of creating responsible citizens out of these young adults. Dan has done a good job of being their advocate.”
In addition to the strong relationships he has formed with his students, Schroer is also proud of the community support and partnerships he helped develop.
“We have over 40 organizations in Greene County that are now linked with the Greene County Career Center in a very active role,” he said. “I’m so proud to have gotten to know those community leaders.”
And for the first time, the class of 2014’s top two students, Colten Combs and Naomi Reisner, have received full scholarships to Wright State University “because of that relationship”.
This was Schroer’s second stint at the career center. He was a supervisor for three years previously. He also spent time at Oak Harbor, London and Butler Tech before the career center. Hiring him for a second time was a no-brainer.
“I’ve done searches for treasurers and superintendents that total nine or 10,” said Bill Spahr, a current board member who was president when Schroer was hired. “Each time you do a search you’re looking for just the right fit and boy Dan was just the right fit. He lives it. He loves it.”
Schroer’s last day at the career center is July 31.