Keith Kristoff

For three generations my family members have been active residents in Pickerington, which established our passion for this community. At the heart of it all is our schools.

My wife and I moved to Pickerington in 1972 and we have experienced many changes as the village of "Picktown" has evolved into the City of Pickerington.

Through the decades, our school system has always been the one constant that has connected us ALL together. My goal is to give back to something that has given so much to all of us.

Education

Pickerington High School Graduate
Associate Degree: Computer Information, Franklin University
Bachelor of Science: Business Management from Ohio University

Additional Information

Why did you choose to serve on the board of education?

I strongly believe that we should all actively look for ways to contribute to the world around us. Everyone has something of value that they can give to others. Through the years, I have been very involved in our community and especially our schools. Now that I am a little older and hopefully a little wiser I would like to take the next step and fully commit to helping Pickerington Schools become widely recognized as the best educational system in Ohio.

What do you hope to achieve during your time as a board member?

Be a leader and team member that contributes to Pickerington Schools becoming widely recognized as the best educational system in Ohio. We currently have a great school system but I strongly believe that we must work to reach even higher standards. This can only be achieved if we set high goals, communicate attainable and trackable action steps and motivate everyone involved so they are committed to improving.

What do you think makes Pickerington Schools distinct?

The students (and their families), teachers and staff are what make Pickerington Schools special. We all owe a debt of gratitude to those who have come before us and now it is our turn to continue the tradition of leaving the schools in a better place than when we found them.

If you could give one piece of advice to PLSD students, what would it be?

I would like to tell them: Do not settle for average, contribute something that makes the school a better place for everyone and keep a busy schedule that includes participating in extra-curricular activities.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the district?

I am trying to keep an open mind and as time goes by I will learn the details of operating such a large and important public entity. At first glance, it seems that Pickerington Schools are in a pretty good place. However, that could change at any moment, especially since we are so heavily reliant on state funding. As a school board we must constantly compare the economic expense versus the opportunity lost if we do not invest. One obvious area of concern, that not only affects Pickerington, is the drug use/abuse within our schools and community. Drug use and abuse has become a major problem in Fairfield County. I am sure that almost all of us know a family that has struggled with addiction. The question becomes, what can we do? More specifically, what role does the school play in helping to find an answer Unfortunately, there is not a quick fix. This is an emotional problem but it requires a very scientific answer. My job at Working Partners allows me to work closely with some of the leading drug prevention and treatment professionals in the Midwest. During our many conversations, they have educated me that there are evidence-based methods that produce known, effective results. If our school system really wants to make a difference, I highly suggest that we connect with these professionals. I would like to help facilitate the creation of this partnership. I think that our schools need to lead the charge in the fight against drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.