New Margaretta Schools superintendent Dan Schroer says he's a family man.
His household's roots stem from northern Ohio.
Now he hopes to impact others who call the region home, too.
"I want to get to know the students and their families," Schroer said. "I want to know their names when we hand them their high school diplomas."
Schroer officially started at Margaretta Schools on Aug. 1.
His salary is $119,000 in his first year, and he signed a three-year contract with the district.
The new hire replaces 12-year superintendent Ed Kurt, who left his post July 31 to become superintendent of Findlay Schools.
After he's settled in, Schroer said he plans to host an array of community meetings, to get to know as many people as quickly as possible.
"My family and I are very appreciative of the well wishes, and all the outreach and welcoming comments so far," he said.
Schroer sat down with the Register this past week and answered the following questions about his expectations for his first year as Margaretta Schools superintendent:
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
DS: My family is my life. I've been married to my wife, Kim, for 18 years, and we have four children and three grandchildren.
I started my career as an agricultural education teacher at Oak Harbor High School. I also taught at London High School and worked as an administrator for Butler Tech, and most recently was superintendent of Greene County Career Center.
I enjoy reading, and I'm a huge Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Reds fan.
Q: What attracted you to the Castalia area?
DS: This is a small, agricultural community with an amazing past and a really exciting future. I wanted to be the superintendent of a small district, to get to know the community, families and students better.
Castalia is also in northern Ohio, and closer to my family.
Q: So have you officially moved in?
DS: Yes, we bought a house south of town and we're doing some work on it, so we are officially members of the district now.
Q: What are your top five goals this year as Margaretta Schools superintendent?
DS: My goals, in order, are to increase performance the following areas: student performance; financial accountability; intra and extracurricular success; community service; communication of student success to the north-central Ohio area.
Q: What are you most excited for as you start your new job?
DS: There is always excitement when you start a new job, but specifically for Margaretta Schools, I'm excited to be a part of this community and culture. I can't wait to watch each student become successful and strive to improve every day.
Q: What do you think are your district's strengths?
DS: Margaretta Schools has shown great success academically. The district is also fortunate to have great community support.
Q: What areas do you think your district can improve?
DS: Any district can always improve across the board. Specifically, I'm still evaluating what areas we need to address.
Q: How do you think people perceive Margaretta Schools today, and what do you hope that image will be in three years?
DS: I think the community has a positive image of our district because of the great leadership and teaching that has occurred here for many years, thanks to our outstanding school board, administrators, teachers and support staff.
I hope to continue this positive work but also strive to enhance that work every day, to help our students achieve at even higher levels than they've done in the past and prepare them for success after high school.