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A Message from Mr. Ridder, Superintendent

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Holiday Greetings With the holidays rapidly approaching, it is a time to reflect on what we are most thankful for. As I reflect on the first part of the school year, I am thankful for the opportunity to work with our school board, staff, families, and students. As we work together, we create an exciting future for our young people. I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas,  and Happy New Year!


School Bond Issue As all of you are aware, the bond issue on November 5th failed by less than 1%. Even though this was disappointing, it was encouraging that almost 60% of those who voted wanted the improvements that the bond represented. It is important that the public realizes that just because the bond issue failed does not mean that our needs are going to go away. The realization is that the cost of the project will only increase due to inflation. I know that this is something we, as taxpayers, don’t want to hear. However, it is important that we provide our children with the best possible facilities so that they are college and career ready.


Iowa Report Card Last spring our students, grades 3-11, took the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). It is with great pleasure to inform you that our high school has been rated as exceptional and ranked in the top 2% of high schools in Iowa. The Elementary is rated as Highly Performing and ranked in the top 15% of elementary schools in Iowa. Both the high school and the elementary moved up one level from last year. For more detailed information please check out the Iowa Report Card link on our school website. We are very proud of our standings among the best schools in the state of Iowa.


School Board Election If you get the opportunity, please congratulate Dan Cohrs, Julie Witte and Nicole Carritt for being either re-elected or elected to our school board. Dan and Julie were re-elected with Nicole becoming our newest member. They will join Randy Koenig and Clint Gochenour on the Logan-Magnolia School Board. Dan Cohrs was elected by the board to be our new president with Julie being re-elected as vice-president. In addition, please thank Matt Pitt for his eight years on the school board. Being on a school board is challenging and rewarding at the same time and Matt represented our school extremely well.


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