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Greetings South Tama County School District!!

Wow - where has the summer gone? It seems like just a short time ago students were leaving for summer break and now we’re just a couple days away from the month of August.  In just a few short weeks our students will be walking through the doors ready to start yet another school year. With that being said, I truly hope that all of our staff, students, parents, and community members are having a relaxing and enjoyable summer!

My name is Jared Smith and I am the new Superintendent for the South Tama County School District.  My transition to the community has been very smooth, as my wife and I continue to be impressed with the kindness and support we have been given by staff members and the community.  Previous to moving here I had heard that the people of South Tama County were very welcoming, approachable, and passionate about their Trojans...it appears that those “rumors” were true!  

Just last week my wife Lindsey and I moved to our new home in Tama along with Sophia who is our “only child” (see picture).  We are very excited to be back in the area and closer to our friends and families as Lindsey grew up in nearby Garwin and I spent my childhood just up the road in Waterloo.

During my first several weeks on the job I have had the chance to tour buildings, visit businesses, and engage in conversation hoping to learn more about our district.  One of my most memorable discussions was with members of the high school Student Council and Leadership class - their Trojan Spirit was contagious and had me fired up to get the year started!

Speaking of getting the year started - one of my top priorities is to get the school year off to a great start.  I have been working closely with district administration to develop a schedule that provides our staff with plenty of preparation time in their classroom  while also allows district leadership time to deliver important information and meaningful professional development.

I am incredibly eager for the school year to begin and am excited to meet more of our community during the coming months.  I believe we have some very talented and passionate educators in our schools and we are going to continue doing great things for our students and for the South Tama County community!

Have a great last few weeks of summer and we will see you soon… :)

Dr. Jared Smith