The Lodi Unified School District Board of Education Zone 5 headquarters is another position that was vacated by the incumbent this year.
Board member Ron Heberle is not seeking re-election and retired teacher Jeff Stroh is one of two challengers seeking to replace him in November.
Stroh, who retired from Lodi Unified four years ago, said he was running for the Zone 5 seat because he was concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students. .
“Data from the Brookings Institution shows that students have lost a lot of ground in basic skills like reading and math, especially for students from lower socioeconomic and underserved areas,” he said. . “These skills are essential for success in employment and productivity in adulthood. Systemic issues such as understaffing, high absenteeism rates and quarantines have resulted in wasted teaching time.
Additionally, Stroh said he is concerned about the impact of divisive political agendas that could potentially threaten the quality of education in the district.
“We need to focus on what best serves to educate all of our children and young adults,” he said. “Without access to a wide range of thoughts and opinions, students will leave school with insufficient ability to think critically and make informed decisions. I would work to make education more inclusive for all students.
Like other former teachers running for other council seats, Stroh is banking on his career in education to convince Area 5 Lodians to vote for him.
Zone 5 includes Needham, Reese, Heritage, Lawrence, Vinewood, and Washington elementary schools; Liberty and Lodi high schools; Lincoln Technical Academy; and Joe Serna, Jr. Charter School.
“I’ve spent over 30 years in the classroom teaching ESL, computer classes, risky curriculum, business math and social studies,” he said. “I helped develop different programs and understand how the district works.”
If elected, Stroh said he wants to work to recruit and retain qualified teachers, as well as support them and district staff in helping efforts to provide high-quality education.
It also wants to rely on targeted teaching and evidence-based research to improve the quality of education.
Stroh would also work with staff to reduce spending where possible while increasing spending in areas that directly benefit teaching quality, as well as help recruit and retain teachers and staff.
A third-generation educator, Stroh has lived in Lodi for 50 years.
Both of her parents were district teachers, as were her sister and
sister-in-law, and his wife Katy is employed by the San Joaquin County Office of Education.
Stroh taught a variety of subjects at Lodi Unified, both as a substitute and high school teacher, for 35 years, including history, geography, and English as a second language. He and Katy have two children, Ethan and Sophie, the latter of whom recently started working on earning a master’s degree in school psychology at Sacramento State. The District can serve the community better by being more inclusive and involving all parts of our community in the District’s decision-making process, Stroh said. Stroh will take on longtime Lodi resident, parent and Verve Networks office manager Deanne Barth on Nov. 8.