St. Rep. Tony Burkley (right) stands with Van Wert City Schools Superintendent Ken Amstutz at Van Wert Elementary School. Burkley took a tour of the school and talked with students, teachers, staff, administrators, and board members about education issues to be taken up by the Ohio Legislature. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
St. Rep. Tony Burkley (right) stands with Van Wert City Schools Superintendent Ken Amstutz at Van Wert Elementary School. Burkley took a tour of the school and talked with students, teachers, staff, administrators, and board members about education issues to be taken up by the Ohio Legislature. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
egebert@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT -- St. Rep. Tony Burkley visited Van Wert Elementary School on Monday to see firsthand some of the issues faced by students, teachers, staff, and administrators. Burkley was recently appointed to the Education Committee of the Ohio House and accepted the invitation of Van Wert City Schools Superintendent Ken Amstutz to see the elementary building and talk over problems.

Burkley said, "We talked about some of the frustration that the administration has like where the funding goes, and the challenges they face on a daily basis of trying to provide the best education for kids who have been entrusted into their care."

During the visit, Burkley was told about the testing and the evaluation process in schools

"The challenges they deal with, just in the matter of where they want to spend their time and resources meeting state testing requirements," stated Burkley. "Anytime we place more burdens on the school, that just takes away teachers or administrators time that could be devoted to something else. So we need to be mindful about placing unnecessary burdens while still being a watchdog over the taxpayer's resources. It's a challenge we address. We don't always get it right, but we endeavor to do so."

At the conclusion of the meeting, Burkley noted that there were several subjects discussed that he is looking forward to bring to the committee members.

"There are things I'd like to see if there are ways to address," he said "The issue of what happens when a student changes schools or in teacher evaluations... these are some of the things I want to share with my fellow legislators and see if there are ways we can address."