Proud To Be A Bearcat!
As superintendent of North Butler Community Schools, I have much to be grateful for this week. It has been a long, and arduous week, but very rewarding for me at the same time.
I would like to thank the staff members and parents who acted so quickly on Wednesday September 21st, when the first tornado warning went off, to ensure that all of our students, parents, and staff who were still at the high school building were safe and taken care of. It is a long list, but I am thankful for every one of you, and the role that you played in ensuring that our students were safe during what was one of the craziest storms I have ever witnessed.
Next, hats off to Sheriff Jason Johnson and his staff, Butler County Emergency Management Director Mitch Nordemeyer, Greene Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance, Allison Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue, Bristow Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue, and the countless other agencies that helped from around the region. That list is also too long to place here (not that I would remember them all anyway)! The amount of communication that I witnessed, and the choreography of your work were incredible. Without the communication and quick response by these organizations the amount of damage to downtown Greene especially could have been much worse. As it is, there were no serious injuries or loss of life due in large part to the quality and number of people responding to this natural disaster.
Starting with the thunderstorm, rain, and tornadoes on Wednesday, then through the massive flooding that ran through Greene, and now the cleanup, I have been amazed at the way the communities have pulled together. The amount of help that people have given one another (some while ignoring their own personal disaster issues) has been incredible. The level of cooperation, teamwork, and understanding of individuals and entities involved throughout this process has been incredible.
The staff and students of our nearby schools have responded incredibly. Two graduates of Greene HS brought students to town to assist with the cleanup, as did my Alma Mater. Eric Gabe (West Fork), Dustin Smith (Osage), and Bryce Conway (Riceville) thank you so much for the assistance on Monday, September 26th. You and your students represented what is best about living in Northeast Iowa, and what true compassion and sportsmanship are all about. Your students represented your communities well, and you are truly good men!
The staff and students of North Butler Community Schools have made me proud. Regardless of their situation and whether they have suffered loss themselves, they have selflessly helped others. I know of at least one staff member who is yet to address issues at their own house, as they have been assisting family members. This is the true definition of family and community!
I greatly admire and respect the things that our communities, staff and students have done over the past week. As a result, it is time for North Butler Community Schools to give back. Please join us this evening as we host RRMR for our Homecoming 2016, #Theresnoplacelikehome and the free will offering dinner being prepared by the Butler County Cattlemen’s Association, and the free will entry to the Bearcats football game. Remember that all proceeds will go to the Volunteer Fire Departments and Ambulance Services within the North Butler School District!