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Welcome to the Rapid City Area Schools!

I am proud to serve as the new superintendent of schools and excited to have the opportunity to lead this organization. I would like to thank our staff and community for the warm welcome and words of support I have received. 

Through all of my experiences in K-12 education, I have valued the work of educators and the strength of a supportive and inspired community. Our students are our greatest assets; and we all want them to be healthy, well-rounded students who do well academically, socially, and emotionally.  We also want them to be good people who treat others well and make the world a better place. 

We are fortunate to have highly talented and dedicated leadership and staff who are committed to the success of our students and our schools. The role of family and community involvement are crucial to this success. These rich partnerships strengthen the fibers that make our community special and positively influence our future leaders and workforce. I invite you to be part of building this foundation by visiting our schools or serving as a volunteer. We are proud of our schools and believe you will feel the same.

The Rapid City and Black Hills area is not just a beautiful place in which to live, grow, work, and play. It is a destination. A special place from which to build a career, begin and raise a family, pursue life's dreams, and achieve personal and professional goals. Our District is an integral part of the Rapid City area family. We believe that the opportunities we offer and the people who provide them will take our students to heights of achievement.

Here’s to a great 2016-2017 school year!

Dr. Lori J. Simon

Superintendent of Schools