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

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Superintendent Notes


This four week time span between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a great time for us to be thankful for the wonderful things that are happening in our school. It is also a good time to reflect on the positive atmosphere that comes with the Christmas Season. Every day I am thankful for the all the people associated with the Lo-Ma Schools. Logan-Magnolia is a great place to be. We have a great student body and great parental support. We have employees who have dedicated their lives to make our school a special place for your children. And last, but not least, we have a community that takes genuine pride in what is happening at our school. Put all of these things together and you will realize that Logan-Magnolia CSD is a very special place to educate your children.


Thank you for all your support and enjoy the holidays.


Contacting Legislators to Support our Schools


Funding of our public schools continues to be a major issue in Iowa. For the passed few years the amount allocated to our schools has not  kept up with the rise in expenses. For example, last year we only realized an increase of only 1.11% increase in state supplemental aid. Since FY 2011, the average annual increase in revenues per pupil has been 1.87% while the average cost of providing education without budget reductions runs about 3-3.5%.


You, as parents and community members,  are being asked to contact Iowa legislators on behalf of adequate school funding. Below are instructions on how you can become an advocate for our public school.


To connect with a policy maker:  Go to the Iowa Legislative Website and look up your senator/representative using the following link;




Do one (or more) of several things:


1. Send them a thank you note for their service. Let them know their job is tough and you can empathize. Ask them to support an increase in the state cost per pupil no lower than 4%. Check out the UEN web page, (http://www.uen-ia.org/legislation.htm)  for recent call to action on school aid for talking points.

2. Sign up to get their newsletter.

3. Click on their name, go to their website or do a Google search and see what you can learn about their educational background or experience.

4. Send them an email or letter asking a question about education. (Could be as simple as "how do you best like to get information about how the issues before you may impact your schools?")


It can not be stressed enough how important your support is. If the legislators do not hear from you they may decide to spend the money elsewhere. We need you to be a lobbyist for our schools. Trust me, there are plenty of lobbyist at the state capital more than happen to ask for your tax dollars.


Winter Weather Clothes


As we get into the winter season please advise your children to dress appropriately for the weather, especially the elementary students. Send them to school with appropriate hats, shoes, gloves, and snow pants. We believe that going outside for recess is a great way for the students to get fresh air and have an opportunity to run off some excess energy before they return to the classroom.


Outstanding Bills


To run our school in a fiscally responsible manner, it is important that all debts owed are paid in a timely manner. If you have an outstanding bill at school please pay it as soon as possible. If you are not able to pay off the full amount we are more than willing to work on a payment plan with you. If you have questions as to how much you owe or how to set up a payment plan please contact Paula Stueve at (712) 644-2250.



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