A new school for an evolving community

Published 5:37 pm Saturday, August 31, 2013

By David Krenz

Austin Public Schools Superintendent

More than 158 years ago, Austin, Minn., opened its first school in a log house located on the north side of Water Street between Franklin and Jay streets.

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Since that time, the community has supported quality schools and quality education for their children.

The start of the 2013 school year is no different with programs continuing to evolve to meet the ever changing needs of our community, society and economy.

The schools are a history of Austin’s economic growth. As the community grows and provides jobs, families move into the community and their children need an education.

We again are seeing economic and job growth in the community. As a result, the number of children needing an education is growing.

Austin’s history shows the community has stepped up during these times of growth to provide safe and innovative schools for the next generations of students. I.J. Holton Intermediate School is the next historical marker in Austin’s growth.

We are excited to be opening I.J. Holton and know the community will be proud of their newest school. The Holton Open House for all community members is set from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. There will be a short program beginning at 1 p.m.

I.J. Holton Intermediate School not only symbolizes the community’s support for quality schools, it symbolizes the partnership between the school district and the community. The partnerships are exemplified with the work of the many organizations working with the school district including Hormel Corporation, The Hormel Foundation, Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Quality Pork Producers, Riverland Community College, City of Austin, and the Austin Chamber of Commerce to name just a few.

Each organization works to help make our schools the best they can be. Our vision, with the support of the community, is to make sure each child will be an active participant in generating their own educational experience as the Austin School District moves forward in helping each child build on their own unique gifts and talents.

The Austin School Board, administration, faculty and staff thank the Austin community for their unwavering support and most of all, for generations to come, the students of Austin thank each and every one for caring about them.