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A Message from Mr. Ridder, Superintendent and PK-4 Principal

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It is the last week in January and we have not had a full week of school this semester. Mother Nature has a tendency to remind us that she has just as much to do with the school calendar as us humans. The biggest issue when deciding on canceling school due to the weather is the safety of the children. We do a lot of checking of the forecast and visiting with other school administrators before we make a decision. We even drive around on the county roads to check if they are passable. (I almost got lost north of town before our last snow day). If we do have school when it is snowing please tell your teenage drivers that they need to be cautious and understand the rules of “winter driving conditions”. That being said, it is still the parents’ decision to send their children to school or not. Obviously, you don’t want to listen to your children when making the decision to send them to school or not. If you did they would never be in school. Just use some common sense when making the decision.


The Legislature is back in session. From all indications, additional financial support for schools will again will be very low. Over the years we, as a school, have make some cuts that have saved us some money. However, there are only so many areas that can be cut without affecting the education of your children. It is important that you keep up with what is happening in Des Moines. The representative and senators keep telling us that they need to hear from the people who are affected the most. That would be you and your children. Personally, I have found our local politicians easy to work with. Even though we do not always agree, at least they are willing to listen and present their point of view in a positive manner.


Below are the representatives (Holt and Windschitl)  and the senator (Schultz) from our area and their email addresses. Please contact them and let them know how they are doing and ask them what the legislature is planning to do to help educate our future leaders.


Steve Holt steve.holt@legis.iowa.gov

Matt Windschitl matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.gov

Jason Schultz jason.schultz@legis.iowa.gov




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