BY JACLYN ROSE –
Jerry Strasner has been named as the new Superintendent of the Ouachita River School District, effective July 1, 2014. Until that time, Strasner will continue his role with the district where he now serves as the Acorn Elementary School principal.
When Jerry Strasner attended his first high school ball game after college, he said he immediately knew he would not be content to sit on the sidelines. Instead, he knew he wanted to be actively involved in education, and has pursued this dream ever since. With Bachelors Degrees in Science and Education and a Masters in Leadership, as well as, a Superintendent Certification, Mr. Strasner began as the Principal of Wickes High School before moving to the Administration Office in Waldron, Ark. Two years ago he became the principal for Acorn Elementary, rounding out his experience and allowing him to work with every grade, kindergarten through twelfth.
Strasner is also an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, having served his country for 8 years in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Ouachita River School District considered 9 different applicants in their search for a new Superintendent. According to Mr. Steve Crumpler, current Superintendent for the District, Strasner’s wide variety of experience, along with his detailed education, has made him more than qualified for the job. “Jerry is a young guy, with a young family. He put his daughter in the school before he started working there. That shows his confidence in the school. The District is very excited about what Jerry has to offer.”
Working with the students and their families is what Strasner enjoys most about his job and says he loves the community of the school. He tries hard to lessen the stress load on the teachers, by leading and assisting in any way he can. Strasner has set goals too, not only to maintain the school district’s solid foundation but to sustain the district for as long as possible. Excited about the future, Strasner and his wife, Misti, look forward to being a part of the Ouachita River School District for a long time.