The Chesterfield County School Board selected Dr. James Schroeder as an interim appointee to represent the Midlothian District. Schroeder previously represented the Midlothian District on the School Board for 13 years, serving as chair four times and successfully leading the school division through a period of tremendous growth in student enrollment.
The Midlothian District seat was vacated last month when Patricia M. Carpenter resigned for health reasons. Schroeder will serve in an interim capacity until March 18, 2014, when a special election will be held to fill the rest of the term that expires at the end of December 2015.
“I’m excited to rejoin the School Board, if only for this short period,” said Schroeder, who first was appointed to the School Board in 1994 and subsequently was elected three times by Midlothian District voters. “Public service and public education have always been passions of mine, and I still have that fire burning within me. I look forward to serving the residents of the Midlothian District one more time during the next four months.”
The School Board interviewed five candidates for the position. School Board Chair David S. Wyman pointed to Schroeder’s School Board experience as one of the deciding factors.
Schroeder told the School Board that he does not intend to run in the 2014 special election.
“I am a bridge between the School Board member most recently chosen by the Midlothian District voters and the next School Board member to be chosen in March 2014,” said Schroeder, whose six children attended Chesterfield County Public Schools. “My focus is on helping the school division get through another difficult budget process while maintaining a focus on reducing class sizes, supporting our outstanding employees and keeping our kids safe. We are a first-choice community and we should do everything within our power to sustain our first-choice school division. Every citizen benefits from quality public education.”
A total of 15 applicants were considered. A swearing-in ceremony will be scheduled for the first week in December. Schroeder’s first meeting as a School Board member will be Dec. 10.