Rod Schroder is a valued member of the Equity Center and the Superintendent at Amarillo ISD. He discusses the difficulty of balancing his school district’s budget while providing for educational needs of his students. He says that the future may be “disastrous” unless the State does more to assist districts like his and he deplores the unfair way the state is now allocating its educational funding resources. His is another voice that sees an urgent need to level the playing field among school districts.
Rod Schroder has been a part of the AISD and the Amarillo community for more than 35 years, having come to the district as a math and physical science teacher and coach at Sam Houston Junior High School. From there, he moved to Amarillo High as a coach, teaching calculus and physics classes.
Eight years in the classroom and on the athletic field prepared him to move into administration, first as AISD’s Assistant Athletic Director, and then into the position of Secondary Personnel Director. Prior to his becoming Amarillo ISD Superintendent, he was Assistant Superintendent, Personnel for nine years, responsible for all personnel functions in the district.
At the state level, Rod has served as President of the Texas School Alliance (TSA) and is once again President-elect. He serves on several committees of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), the Board of Directors for the Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC), and the Equity Center in Austin, Texas. Finally, but not least importantly, Rod and his wife Suzanne, are Amarillo ISD parents. They have three sons and one daughter who graduated from the district.