Board Resolves Naming of Rod Schroder ESC

Board Resolves Naming of Rod Schroder ESC
Rod's Resolution

August 18, 2015 – In a special resolution made by the Amarillo ISD School Board of Trustees at their meeting on August 17, 2015, the district support center was renamed the Rod Schroder Education Support Center for the devoted service of its namesake. After 43 years as an educator, the last 15 of those as Superintendent of AISD, Schroder will retire at the end of August.

Board President John Ben Blanchard said of Schroder, “As I told him in a recent meeting, he’s been a mentor that anyone in the state would envy having. He’s an honorable man, he’s a humble man, and he’s always put the interest of the district and of the children, of our customers, ahead of everything else. We can give him no higher praise than a job well done.”

In the resolution, Board Trustees presented many of the accolades held by Schroder in reasoning the naming the district support center in his honor. Schroder leaves a legacy of outstanding leadership in the district, the community and across the state as a man of conviction, action and personal faith.

“Coach Schroder and I go back a long ways. He was my seventh-grade football coach,” Board Member James Allen shared of his history with Schroder. “I looked up to him then as a mentor, and I’ve always admired him and respected him, and in a small way, tried to emulate him. Getting to work with him was probably the best part of, for me, becoming a trustee.”

The resolution made by the Board Trustees read as follows:

WHEREAS, for the past four decades, Rod Schroder served the Amarillo Independent School District as a Coach, Teacher, Assistant Athletic Director, Secondary Personnel Director, Assistant Director of Personnel, and Superintendent; and,

WHEREAS, during his fifteen year tenure as Superintendent, Mr. Schroder has guided AISD through unprecedented growth and change with quiet resolve and uncompromising principles; and,

WHEREAS, Mr. Schroder has also served the Amarillo community, committing his time and talent in numerous capacities, including as a member and chairman of the Board of Deacons of  Paramount  Baptist  Church,  as  a  United  Way  Co-Chairman  for  the  2003  United  Way Campaign, and as a member of the Amarillo Area Foundation Board of Directors, the Governmental Affairs Council for the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, the United Way Community Council, the Amarillo Education Foundation Board of Directors, the executive committee of Panhandle P-16, and as a founder and twelve year board member of Panhandle Twenty/20; and,

WHEREAS, Mr. Schroder has been honored as one of the first West Texas A&M University Graduates of Distinction in 2009, as an “Educator of the Year” by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2011, and as a “Good Scout” by the Golden Spread Council of Boy Scouts of America in 2012; and,

WHEREAS, Mr. Schroder served twice as President of the Texas School Alliance, an organization comprised of the largest Texas school districts that advocate for efficiency and equity in public education; and,

WHEREAS,  Mr.  Schroder  served  the  State  through  his membership on  many committees of the Texas Association of School Administrators, the Boards of Directors for the Texas Business and Education Coalition, and the Equity Center in Austin; and,

WHEREAS, Mr. Schroder bettered public education by testifying in front of House and Senate committees and serving as a member of the Education Task Force for the Commissioner of Education, and a Consolidation of Services Task Force for the Commissioner and Senator Florence Shapiro; and,

WHEREAS, Mr. Schroder is one of thirty-five founding superintendent members of the Public Education Visioning Institute, an organization that developed a new vision for public education in Texas, and now serves on the Visioning Institute Design Team; and,

WHEREAS, in 2003 and again in 2014, Mr. Schroder was recognized by the Panhandle education community as the Region 16 Superintendent of the Year; and,

WHEREAS, in 2011, AISD honored Mr. Schroder with the Bob Ashworth Award for Outstanding Service, an award that annually honors one AISD employee who has a history of exemplary service to the students and staff of the AISD; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees, as a body corporate, holds real property on behalf of the AISD and has the inherent authority under Texas Education Code § 11.151 to name AISD property as it deems appropriate; and,

WHEREAS, AISD’s Board of Trustees wishes to express their sincere and heartfelt appreciation on behalf of the Amarillo Independent School District, its staff, and its students, to Mr. Schroder for his selfless contributions and dedication to the AISD, by officially naming the Education Support Center building the “Rod Schroder Education Support Center.”

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

THAT the AISD’s Education Support Center building shall be named the “Rod Schroder Education Support Center”;

THAT the AISD’s Board of Trustees hereby expresses appreciation on behalf of the Amarillo Independent School District to Mr. Schroder for a lifetime of unyielding contributions and dedication to the AISD; and,

THAT the President of the AISD’s Board of Trustees and AISD’s Chief Financial Officer is hereby authorized to take any and all actions as may be necessary to confirm the new name of the Education Support Center.

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