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      AISD's Rod Schroder named Superintendent of the Year

      The man in charge of the Panhandle's largest school district has been named Superintendent of the Year. Rod Schroder of Amarillo Independent School District has been given that title.

      Rod Schroder has been with AISD for 41 years. He said he has made sure every aspect of the district flourishes, including its students. Pronews 7 is featuring his accomplishment in this week's Region 16 Spotlight on Education.

      Schroder found out that he was named Superintendent of the Year last week.

      "Well I was humbled obviously we've got a lot of great superintendents in the regional area," said Schroder.

      We spoke to those who work with him, they said Rod is a humble man who started his career as a teacher/coach at Sanford-Fritch years ago. That he possesses qualities that make for a great a leader. When asked by Region 16 why the committee chose Rod, they had a list of things to say.

      "All of the things that he does at the district from finances to academics the things that he deals with on a daily basis the numbers are the successes he's had in Amarillo with AISD," said Assoc. Executive Director of School Services, Ray Cogburn.

      But if you ask Rod, he gives all the credit to his staff.

      "These awards typically go to campus or districts that have campus performance so really the awards or the honor is really about our staff, both teachers and administrators who are really making AISD work. The people that I get to work with we've got great people we have robust discussions on instruction and everybody is very clear on we need to help every student graduate and be prepared for their future," said Schroder.

      Rod was nominated by the school board and then a committee interviewed all those nominees to pick the winner. This his his second time to be named. Rod will go on to compete on the state level. The winner will be announced in September during the Texas Association of School Boards Conference.