I’d like to start this column by thanking our seniors for the great year we have had at Roland-Story. These young people (77 strong) have accomplished a lot, and they will be missed. With graduation coming up on the 19th, we will soon be without their smiling faces. Good luck to all of the young ladies and young men as they leave our hallways, good luck in future endeavors, and thanks for everything.Speaking of graduation, the ceremony will begin on Sunday, May 19th at 2:00 p.m. The event will be held in our north gym, and we have a lot of room for family and friends. High School Principal Mr. Steve Schlatter will be working on the final details, but the ceremony will be similar to what we have experienced in the past.

This year’s graduation will be a special one for the Billings’ household, as our last child will cross the Roland-Story stage. It’s been amazing to me how fast the years have flown by, and it will be a different feeling as I walk the halls without a son or daughter someplace to be found. All of my children have been blessed with great experiences at R-S, and my wife and I will be indebted to our communities, teachers, administrators and all of our staff for how they have supported and educated our kids through the years. As Alli walks up to get her diploma, I will reflect on how truly outstanding Roland-Story Community School has been for all of the children from Roland, Story City and our surrounding district! With that said, please accept my humble appreciation. Thank you!

Tonight is our Seniors’ Awards Night, and I’d like to thank the people who have made generous donations to our Roland-Story School Foundation to make some of these gifts possible. The Foundation has been in place for many years, and they continue to solicit funds to provide scholarships and awards that are given throughout the year. If you are interested in our Foundation and the work that it does, stop in and pick up an informational packet. We are always looking at ways to improve opportunities for our kids, and a donation to the Foundation is always an excellent idea. Your contributions make student recognition possible.This week is National School Board Recognition Week, and special time is set aside each year to honor our elected school board members. These dedicated individuals give countless hours to our district and our kids. They don’t get paid, and all have sacrificed many times with their families to serve. Board President Boyd Brodie, Vice President Marc Soderstrum, and members Steve Peterson, Mike Retallick and Ted Hammes work hard for Roland-Story, and I want to thank them for their service for our kids, for their leadership, and their support for our teachers, support staff and administrative team.