Superintendent's Corner

  • Superintendent Westby

    Today’s technology and the use of technology in our current world is exciting, but let’s be honest, it can also be a little intimidating and overwhelming at times as well. I can’t help but think about what my dad would say about our current technology if he were alive today. On the farm, Dad liked to talk about all the changes he had seen over the course of his 65+ years of dairy farming. From milking by hand to using bucket-milkers to a pipeline to a parlor, he used to say he’d seen it all. I wonder what Dad might say about robot milkers or having an auto-steer and GPS in the tractor. Something tells me that he would just shake his head in wonder.

     The use of technology in our schools today is very much the same, exciting and also a little intimidating all at the same time. Many of us may remember when the “first computer” was used in schools. I remember ours at Pelican Rapids High School; the thing was almost as big as a room and was very intimidating! My goodness how things have changed….I’m starting to sound like my dad!

    I would like to provide just a little snapshot of the technology currently used in our school district. Our students and staff have access to 337 Chromebook computers; 100 iPads; 303 computers in computer labs; 106 staff computers along with numerous Smartboard and Smart projectors…. a long way from that one mammoth-sized computer back in Pelican Rapids. This technology and these devices are in part because of the generous support of the technology levy that was approved by you the voters in 2015. Because of this, technology is alive and well in our schools and will continue to increase! On behalf of our Sauk Centre students and staff, I would like to simply say Thank You, as this technology is truly a part of who our students are. It may not have been a part of who I was as a student, but it is most certainly a part of who our students are today!

    While we have seen extraordinary changes in the technology used in our schools, I somehow think we are just getting started. I often think about what technology might be available to us in the years to come. One of my observations over the past seven months is that we have a group of teachers and staff who are ready, willing and able to use and implement technology in their classrooms to help meet the needs of their students. This is exciting and something, that as a community, you can be very proud! Again, because of your generous support, we are able to continue to add to the list of technology that is being used with our students.

    Speaking of technology and change, our Sauk Centre Schools website has undergone an extensive “facelift” over the past couple of months and is now ready for you to take a look! I invite you to visit our new website which can be found at the same address as our old one or at Please go in and look around! Our goal with our updated site is to have a “user-friendly” site with easy access to information about our school district. A huge thank you to our Technology Staff of Becki Marthaler and Gordy Hagert for their tremendous work in getting our new site off the ground! Please come take a look!

    Finally, I would like to send out a huge round of applause to Margaret Shelby and the entire One-Act Play cast. Their recent performance earned them a 2nd place finish in the Section One-Act Play contest! It was absolutely outstanding and certainly provided one of those “goose bump” moments!! Congratulations on a job very well done!!  

    As always, I invite you to come and check out what our students are doing on the court, in the auditorium, on the mat, on the ice, in the pool and in our classrooms! I believe you will be quite impressed with our young people; they truly are amazing!

Superintendent's Sidebar


    (Author Unknown)

    "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?” With a timid voice and idolizing eyes, the little boy greeted his father as he returned from work. Greatly surprised, but giving his boy a glaring look, the father said: "Look, son, not even your mother knows that. Don't bother me now, I'm tired."

    "But Daddy, just tell me please! How much do you make an hour?" the boy insisted. The father, finally giving up, replied: "Twenty dollars per hour."

    "Okay, Daddy. Could you loan me ten dollars?" the boy asked. Showing his restlessness and positively disturbed, the father yelled: "So that was the reason you asked how much I earn, right? Go to sleep and don't bother me anymore!"

    It was already dark and the father was meditating on what he said and was feeling guilty. Maybe, he thought, his son wanted to buy something. Finally, trying to ease his mind, the father went to his son's room.

    "Are you asleep, son?" asked the father. "No, Daddy. Why?" replied the boy, partially asleep. "Here's the money you asked for earlier," the father said. "Thanks, Daddy!" rejoiced the son, while putting his hand under his pillow and removing some money.

    "Now I have enough! Now I have twenty dollars!" the boy said to his father, who was gazing at his son, confused at what his son had just said. "Daddy, could you sell me one hour of your time?"

    My hope and goal is that you have an exciting and rewarding 2017 and that we can all invest some time with our children and families. After all, isn’t that really what it’s all about?   

    All my best to you and your family in 2017 and as always, thank you for all you do for all our Sauk Centre students!