Rising Sun Mayor Roeder Chosen As Next School Superintendent
By Mike Perleberg
(Rising Sun, Ind.) – In addition to running the city, Rising Sun Mayor Branden Roeder will soon have the responsibility of running the schools.
Roeder was unanimously selected by the Rising Sun-Ohio County Community Schools Board of Trustees on Tuesday to become the school district’s next superintendent. The 32-year-old first-term mayor will take over for retiring superintendent Steve Patz on July 1.
Eagle 99.3 reported last week that Roeder was among three candidates in contention for the position.
Roeder, currently a 4th grade teacher at Ohio County Elementary Middle School, said becoming an education leader has always been a career goal of his.
“I knew since the 2nd grade that I wanted to be a teacher. Then in high school I realized I wanted to become an administrator,” he said.
Roeder said he has began putting some plans on paper for when he officially begins his new job this summer, but he’s not ready to share those ideas publicly. So far the reception from his fellow teachers regarding the news has been warm.
“I haven’t heard any concerns about my ability to perform the job,” said Roeder.
There may be concerns, even from Roeder himself, on whether he could handle the responsibilities of both school superintendent and city mayor at the same time. Roeder said he will take time to consider whether to resign as mayor, with a decision possible in the next couple months.
Roeder is the third member of his family to become a school superintendent. Like Branden, his grandfather John Roeder served as Rising Sun mayor until 2003 and was superintendent for Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools before that. Most recently, uncle John Roeder was the superintendent of Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools.
“I look forward to helping out students and teachers for the next 25 to 30 years.”