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Heim transforms school environment with a smile

BAZINE- We are extremely fortunate at USD 106 to have such a caring and devoted principal in Mrs. Rhonda Heim.

Heim began her position at Western Plains during the 2014-2015 school year. “I had been a principal previously for seven years in another school district so I wasn’t new to the job, just to the job here,” Heim explained.

Over the past several years, Mrs. Heim has got- ten to know the teachers and students very well. She is considered a fair, competent, and wonder- ful principal by those staff and students.

Heim enjoys the opportunity to interact with lots of people. “Generally, I enjoy being a prin- cipal because I have a broader range of people interactions. As a principal, I have more parent and community interaction than I had in the classroom. Also being a principal means I have contact with more students than when I was in the classroom.”

When asked what she enjoys most about working at Western Plains, Mrs. Heim commented, “What do I enjoy most about Western Plains? There are many things I enjoy. One is
the close relationships that are built since we are a small district and everyone pitches in to help where they can. Another thing is the amount of time that adults get to spend with students - that doesn’t happen in bigger districts. Also, in smaller

districts, you have the opportunity to really get to know everyone. So I guess what I enjoy the most is the size of Western Plains because the size lets everything else I enjoy happen.” Though since we are such a small district everybody needs to do a little extra work to help get everything done.

Heim does a ton for our district. In addition to being the principal, she is also the Federal and State Funds Director, the district Test Coordinator, and KESA Coordinator, which means she handles the school accredidation processes.

Heim recognizes all the work done by her staff and is very appreciative of all the hats that many of them wear. “When you work in a small district, you always end up doing lots of things. If you ask any staff member what they do in Western Plains, they can all rattle off a list of things they do. Although that’s a challenge for small districts, it’s one of the things that help us be a cohesive team. We all need each other and we know it.”

Mrs. Heim’s hard work is greatly appreciated by the students and staff of Western Plains.