Letter to the Editor

Thanking the community

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I have enjoyed my two-year term as superintendent of Spirit Lake Schools, and the opportunity to work with you. I thank you for the support, guidance, and encouragement you have provided me during my time at Spirit Lake. Even though I will miss my fellow educators and friends in the community, I am looking forward to the new experiences that await me at my new job as superintendent at the Orient-Macksburg/Prescott School Districts.

During the past two years, I have thoroughly enjoyed the people, appreciated the professional challenges and opportunities and believed in the potential of Spirit Lake.

Together we have worked through some challenging periods, but I am pleased with the progress that we see at Spirit Lake Community Schools. There is a sense of momentum across the school that looks and feels alive, dynamic and reflective off a healthy school with a mission and commitment to serve the Spirit Lake community. The excitement was contagious last year as academic, athletic and fine arts teams all excelled.

I found great pleasure in being part of the Spirit Lake community. I established many friendships here, because of the many warm and wonderful people who reside and work in Spirit Lake. The Spirit Lake School is also special because of the faculty, staff and administrators who have chosen to work here. I have the utmost respect for all of them as team members. It is because of their skills and dedication that I am confident of the future success of Spirit Lake.

The students have always been the high point of the job. The many examples of their enthusiastic spirit, dreams, talents and accomplishments will serve as a positive reminder of why I got into the field of education.

My professional time at Spirit Lake has been fun, exciting, and a privilege. Thank you for everything you have done for me. Best wishes for an exciting 2009-2010 school year.

Doug Latham

Former Spirit Lake Interim Superintendent