The South-Western City School District Board of Education selected a new leader for 2018.

Board Vice President Lee Schreiner has moved up to that group's president.

Serving on the school board is just another stage in what Schreiner describes as his lifelong dedication to education.

"It's my life's work," he said. "Passion is an overused word, but that's what drove my teaching career. I taught 37 years in South-Western schools. I feel blessed to be able to continue in education in another role."

Schreiner won election to his second full term in November 2017.

"It's just an honor to be able to serve as board president," he said.

"You know, supposedly experience leads to knowledge and knowledge equals wisdom. I hope with my years of experience in education and the knowledge I've gained, I'm able to bring a bit of wisdom to the board."

While providing a good education is always the board's priority, school facilities will continue to be a top agenda item for the board in 2018, Schreiner said.

"Just as I was joining the board (after being appointed in 2013, we were embarking on our facility project that resulted in 13 new elementary school buildings and a new high school building," he said.

"We built those schools in part to help make sure we could have the capacity we needed to handle the growth in our district.

"We're the fifth-largest district in the state and we're getting close to number four. And we'll still growing."

The district is expected to place a measure on the November 2018 ballot to provide funding for a second Ohio Facilities Construction Commission project, focusing on new buildings for Brookpark, Finland, Norton and Pleasant View middle schools and renovations at Jackson Middle School.

"Our community has been so supportive of our building projects," Schreiner said.

"One of the things I value as an educator is listening to the community. It's why we have focus groups as part of planning for these projects so we can listen to what people want and how they want it."

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