Kenneth “Ken” Schnaus announces his candidacy for re-election to the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of Education Trustees.

Jasper (NNDC) -Schnaus feels that during his term on the Board he has been instrumental in directing the improvement of the financial condition of Greater Jasper. “When he was first elected to the Board in 2006, the Corporation had very little cash in its operating fund”. Schnaus said. “Through my leadership of strong fiscal responsibility and teamwork between the board and the administration, the Corporation has been able to improve its cash reserves to a comfortable and safe balance of close to 10 percent of its annual operating expenses”.

Schnaus notes several of the school system’s accomplishments during his tenure. “There have been a number of raises given to the corporation’s teachers, support staff and administrators. Ireland Elementary School added class rooms as well as various support areas. The corporation is building a new consolidated elementary school .  Most of the school’s buildings have had major improvements and or maintenance including a new playing service at the football stadium and security upgrades at all of the buildings in the corporation” .  All examples Schnaus says “he is proud to have been able to help get accomplished without having to raise taxes”.

“My experience as a Banker, where I work directly with business owners, has allowed me to not only learn and understand budgeting and financial management”, says Schnaus. “it has allowed me to make the difficult decisions that need to be made to manage finances efficiently”.

Schnaus serves his Community on many volunteer boards and committees. He currently serves as a member of Ireland’s St Mary Church’s  finance committee, a member of the Dubois Strong’s Revolving Loan Committee, the City of Huntingburg’s Revolving Loan Committee, as Vice President of the Orange County Economic Development Partnership’s Board of Directors  and as Secretary Treasurer of the Ireland Utilities Inc.’s board of directors. He is also a member of the Jasper Lions Club and Ireland Knights of Columbus

Schnaus has been married to the former Marilyn Gogel for 44 years. They have three children, Nicole Schnaus, Kierstie Phillippo and Lance Schnaus. They have four grandchildren, Gage, Rowan, Quinley and Crew. Marilyn runs an in home daycare.  He is currently a Vice President at Springs Valley Bank and Trust Company where he works in the commercial (business) relationship department.

Schnaus says “I believe Greater Jasper Is one of the best schools, public or private, in the State of Indiana. I’m proud to have been part of making sure this continues. A school board’s job is to help run the business operation of a school corporation. This Board hires professionals to run the day to day operations while acting as a sound board and advisor to this staff. I believe my background and experiences give me a unique ability to help Greater Jasper to continue to be all it can be while continuing to keep TAXES LOW”.

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