COUNCIL ROCK >> Churchville resident Dr. Karl Fetzer has announced his candidacy for Council Rock School Director representing Region 4 (Northampton Township Voting Districts 2, 6, 7 and 12).
Dr. Fetzer said his education, professional background and volunteer experience will be a great benefit to the school board’s work in the academic, financial, facility and policy areas.
Having recently earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Villanova University, Dr. Fetzer works as a research and development engineer at Siemens Corporation. He collaborates with his colleagues to improve the company’s products while focusing on wide-reaching technological innovations and how they affect industry in the long run.
“The workplace of today is dramatically different compared to just 30 years ago -- entire job categories no longer exist while brand-new opportunities have been created," said Fetzer. "My priority is to prepare our children for these possibilities. I will promote a balance between increasing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and Occupational Education opportunities that prepare students for the future they will graduate into, no matter if that future is in corporate America, in a trade, in the arts, in the military, etc.”
In addition to his professional experience, Dr. Fetzer volunteered in the local schools after he started working for Lockheed Martin in Newtown nearly a decade ago.
Since his four cousins graduated from the Council Rock School District, he was particularly excited to introduce engineering career paths to students at Council Rock High School South and across Lower Bucks County. He also volunteered regularly in a robotics class at Neshaminy High School.
These classroom experiences, said Dr. Fetzer, have given him context for the challenges students, teachers and staff face day-to-day.
Dr. Fetzer said taxpayer investment in the education of the district's children also means that the school board will continue to face important financial decisions. He said he is on the right side of fiscal responsibility.
“As a taxpayer, I understand how household budgets can be squeezed by the various federal, state, township, and school district taxes; as someone who intends to reside here permanently, I know that we need a long-term view of the school district’s finances to provide a quality education while keeping taxes affordable and property values high.”