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Council Rock School District School Director Region 4 (4 YR Term)

A school board is a legislative body of citizens called school directors, who are elected locally by their fellow citizens and who serve as the governing body of each public school district. Each board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office. Unlike most other elected officials, school directors receive no compensation for their work. Principal duties include appointing and/or dismissing superintendents, principals and teachers; levying school taxes; purchasing land; locating new buildings; adopting textbooks and courses of study; fixing salaries of teachers and other appointees of the Board.

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    Karl Fetzer

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Biographical Information

What concerns or issues prompted you to run for School Board, and how do you propose to address them?

What qualifications and experience do you have that will assist you in the performance of the duties of this office?

Experience Engineer in industry and volunteer in public school classrooms
Education PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University; BS in Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University
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Campaign Phone (215) 259-8789
My long-standing interest in education and volunteer experiences in the classroom prompted me to run for the Council Rock School Board. Teaching has been a constant in my life, from my high school days as a tutor to the mentoring and volunteering I've done during my time in industry.

As a Research and Development Engineer at Siemens Corporation, I see how technological advances and global competition are shaping the world around us. I want to ensure that our students continue to get a quality education while we enhance the curriculum to prepare them for an increasingly competitive working world.

Another area of concern is the balance between education spending and taxpayer value. When taxes are increased, household budgets are squeezed, especially for those on fixed incomes. As a fellow taxpayer, I will work to ensure a sustainable financial future for our school district.
My direct experience in the classroom, as a Teaching Assistant in graduate school or as a volunteer in K-12 schools, will help me to make decisions that improve education in the Council Rock School District.

Any Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) initiatives will certainly benefit from my professional expertise. The combination of a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and work experience in several industries means that I am familiar with academic and industrial technical career paths and how students can prepare for them.

Moreover, I have experience serving on the executive boards of various organizations over the years, from my college marching band and service fraternity to the Philadelphia section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Having attended the various Council Rock School Board and committee meetings, I am confident that I will contribute meaningfully to the school board and our community.
Experience Financial Advisor - 2002 to present
Education BS Environmental Science - University of Delaware
Email address
Campaign Phone (215) 638-3230
Last year, I was appointed unanimously by the Council Rock School Board to service out the remainder of the School Director term for Region 4. There was no particular concern or issue that prompted me to step up but rather a true sense of civic duty and a sincere interest in the common good and pride in Council Rock. Now that I have been experiencing the issues we face first hand, I believe I bring a unique prospective that will contribute to creating reasonable and long lasting solutions. I will continue to work with fellow board members, the administration and solicit input from the community on the academic and economic issues we will face in the coming years.
I have been an incumbent Council Rock School Director for the past 13 months. It takes time to ramp up and I am beginning to hit my stride. My experience over the past 16 years as a Financial Advisor has allowed me to hone the skills in listening and helping people develop and meet objectives and goals while managing expectations. My practice in analyzing financial data should be helpful in understanding the school budget and contributing to its continued success and betterment. I have 3 children enrolled in Council Rock schools and have a good history of advocating for them. Now, I get to advocate for the many. I volunteer as a home room parent and partake in other programs that keep me engaged with the students which also helps me keep a pulse on the district. I teach CCD which further gives me experience and insight into teaching. I am active in sports and the arts and will continue to support those programs at Council Rock in addition to our outstanding academic programs.