Ansingh Thanks Community for Hillside Assistance

The following was submitted to the Des Moines Register from WDMCS Superintendent Dr. Peter Ansingh.

Dear Editor:

As superintendent of the West Des Moines Community Schools, I am proud that the word “community” is part of our name. It is a reflection of how the citizens of our district come together to support our children.

A recent example of this was the outpouring of offers this summer from individuals, businesses and organizations to assist when we were looking to temporarily relocate the students of Hillside Elementary.

As many of you are probably aware, the school board voted and approved to act on the administration’s recommendation to temporarily relocate the students when it was determined that a window replacement project at Hillside Elementary would not be completed in time for the beginning of classes on August 21 and isolated areas of mold were discovered. To allow the window replacement project to be completed, remediation to be conducted and to ensure the students would return to a clean building that does not leak, we sought an alternative location for the school.

It was through the generous offer from Lutheran Church of Hope to use their facilities that we were able to keep the entire school of 600 students together under one roof.

As we prepare to reopen Hillside on today, Nov. 6, I would like to thank all of the individuals, businesses and organizations in the area who contacted the district with offers of assistance. The outpouring was amazing.

I would especially like to thank Lutheran Church of Hope staff and congregation for not just opening your doors to our school, but truly providing an educational home for the students.

What our students learned through this journey was that groups and individuals in our community are there to help when people are in need.

Thank you to our community, and our deepest appreciation to Lutheran Church of Hope.

Dr. Peter Ansingh
West Des Moines Community Schools