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From the Desk of the Superintendent...

SEPTEMBER 2019 DISTRICT DISPATCH The 2019-20 school year is off to a great start with several new employees already hard at work. New faculty and staff members include the following people: Doug Goebel (PK-5 Guidance Counselor and K-12 Gifted-and-Talented Teacher), Jessica Martin (First Grade Teacher), Erica Roane (High School Dance Team Sponsor), Molly McCarthy (High School Special Education Teacher), Lori Beverage (Elementary/Middle School Special Education Teacher), Katelyn Biggs (6-12 Instrumental Music Teacher), Pat Moore (Elementary Custodian), Deb Olofson (School Bus Driver), Lori Lehan (Board Secretary/Business Manager), Brian Clausen (High School Day Custodian), Connor Lusso (Elementary Physical Education Teacher, Junior High Girls’ Basketball Coach, and Assistant High School Boys’ Soccer Coach), Holly Donnell (School Cook), and Kiffany Hohn (School Cook). The summer of 2019 was another busy time in terms of buildings and grounds maintenance improvement projects. I want to extend a special “thank you” to our director of buildings and grounds, Jim Ettleman, and our custodial staff. They, along with our seasonal staff members, did a great job getting the school district ready for the new school year. Important maintenance tasks that were completed include the following: (1) replacing the trim on the high school softball pressbox; (2) an LED lighting project at the high school; (3) high school baseball field sprinkler system repair; (4) maintenance to the cable fence and post system around the high school; (5) HVAC maintenance and repair throughout the school district; (6) walk-in freezer repair at the elementary school; (7) electrical system repair in the middle school kitchen; (8) concrete repair and replacement throughout the school district; (9) touch-up painting throughout the school district; and (10) floor refinishing and general preparation for the new school year. At the beginning of each new school year, the Iowa Association of School Boards encourages each of us to remember that public education is the foundation of our democracy and a promise we make as Iowans to our children…that a great education helps make dreams come true. Great public schools help children realize that promise and are the key to success in our communities, our economy, and our state. It is up to each of us to embrace that promise. Our investment as Iowans in our public schools matters a lot and is a key difference maker in developing dependable, conscientious, thoughtful, and innovative future generations of Iowa citizens. This fall is once again shaping up to be a busy time with all of our school activities. I hope to see you at some of our exciting athletic and music events. Come out and cheer for the Eagles!