Local businessman seeks seat on Elkhart school board

ELKHART — Troy Scott, a local businessman and attorney, is eyeing a seat on the Elkhart school board.

Scott is one of six candidates hoping to fill one of two at-large seats on the  board. For that race, the seats will go to the two highest vote-getters.

Three board members’ terms are expiring this year: Glenn Duncan, District B, and the at-large seats held by Karen Carter and Jeri Stahr. Carter, who’s been on the board since 1994, has said she will not seek re-election.

A native of Marion, Scott earned his bachelor of science degree from Indiana University Bloomington and his doctor of jurisprudence degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Scott is a CEO and general counsel at R&R Benefits/Risk Management, LLC in South Bend, where he’s been employed since 2013.

He and his wife Michelle, a 1986 Elkhart Memorial graduate, have four children who all currently attend school at Elkhart Community Schools.

As a CEO and business owner, Scott said he’s accountable to his employees and clients in making sure he is meeting their needs and expectations and would mirror that commitment as a board member.

“I feel I have the ability to represent the entire community at all times while committing and thinking in terms of the children first,” he said. “I am fair-minded and will support the administration when the decisions that are being made are appropriate.”

“With that said, I am not afraid to ask the tough questions and have the tough conversations that need to be asked to either hold those accountable or help instill confidence in the staff and community that ECS is making the best decisions in the interests of the students,” he added.

Scott said he believes the ECS is fortunate with talented and committed staff throughout the school buildings, however, he said he believes there is a lack of district leadership across various disciplines within the district.

“The leadership must stop making key and critical decisions in isolation but must identify and listen to all stakeholders involved,” he said. “I am confident that my professional skills and life experiences will allow me to help provide the effective leadership that the ECS student population and our community deserve.”

He said the district won’t be successful until it’s able to recruit and more importantly retain the most talented educators to work with students.

“We need to give the staff their voices back,” he said.

Scott currently serves on the board of the Elkhart Memorial Scholarship Foundation and works with the Elkhart Memorial Booster Club. He also coaches an eighth-grade girls travel basketball team, sixth-grade boys travel basketball team and 12 and under boys travel baseball team. He is the co-founder of the Pirate Elite Baseball Club.

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