Iowa City native will seek two-year school board term

Paul Roesler said he will focus on the Facilities Master Plan and equal learning opportunities if elected in Sept.

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IOWA CITY — Paul Roesler, an Iowa City resident for 39 years, has announced his campaign to run for a two-year seat on the Iowa City school board.

The 39-year-old will focus on creating educational opportunities for all students in the district, having cooperative relationships with district administrators, teachers, and members of the community, as well as assessing and moving forward with the district’s current Facilities Master Plan.

“The Facilities Master Plan I think is a great plan,” he said. “It covers the entire district and it brings all the schools up to a similar level … that kind of leads into an optimal environment for kids to receive equal opportunities for learning.”

Roesler is running for the two-year term and wants to make it known this is an intentional choice so that, if elected, he could be on the board at the optimal time.

“[I’m] very passionate about passing the General Obligation bond in 2017 to continue the Facilities Master Plan and this position leads right up to that to push for that during the time for voting,” he said.

Roesler also said he thinks there is a disconnect between administrators, teachers, board members and the community and said if elected, he would advocate for everyone to have enough time to gather information and state their cases.

Currently, Roesler has two daughters enrolled in the district. He has served on multiple district committees and his wife, Brandi Roesler, is a teacher at Mark Twain Elementary.

He said he’s not sure if living in the area for almost 40 years will help him become elected, but said it is probably helpful that he is familiar with so many of the schools in the district. He attended elementary, junior high and high school in Iowa City and graduated from the University of Iowa.

“It’s a town that I’ve obviously committed to,” he said. “It’s good to be very familiar with all areas of our town.”

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