July 6th, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians/Community Members

Thank you again for all the support throughout the 2020-2021 school year. It was a learning year for everyone involved. I am very proud that we were able to stay open all year long except for the Junior High and High School for a short period of time. If you have not read the Prairie Home Re-Entry 2021-2022 Plan (SRCSP), then you can find it on the school website by clicking on COVID tab at the top of the page and then clicking the 2021-2022 school year folder. Our plan is to be back to normal as much as possible. 

We will also be using our Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) to help drive our decisions. This year’s theme will be “Building on Traditions to Improve our Students’ Success. The CSIP document is located on our website as well. It is under the District tab on the front page.

I hope your students are having a great summer and are excited about coming back to school. There are going to be a few more new faces in Prairie Home this school year with one familiar face working in a new role.

  • English 7-12 - Pam Holbrook

  • 1st grade - Nichole Bruce

  • PE/AD - Dustin Ray

  • SPED - Lori Kostopolus (Reassignment)

  • Music - Samuel Fessehaye

We are still working on the art teacher position. We are looking at all options to make sure that we can offer art at Prairie Home.

Some of the improvements that we are working on currently are new baseball field lights, new doors in the breezeway and back elementary, new floor in the 6th grade room, and repainted throughout the building. We are looking at multiple projects in the next few years. We have selected a company, McKinstry, to help manage this process. Some of these projects include:

  • New Lighting throughout the building

  • Replace HVAC units in the newest part of the building

  • High School/Junior High Restroom Addition (also used during basketball games)

  • Renovation of Elementary Classrooms and Restrooms

  • Upgrade Nurse Office and Cafeteria Area

We are looking at purchasing new school buses as well throughout the next multiple years. When we look for the funding of all these projects and plans, we are transferring some of our ESSER (COVID) money to fund 4 to complete some projects. We are looking at running a no-tax increase bond in April 2022 to help fund more of the projects.

We will start using #PHSBuilding on social media posts. This year is important to get back to traditions but also build on the traditions to help our students, staff, and community become successful.

Proud to be a Panther!

Scott Gemes, Superintendent