When the risk of flood waters threatened and we put out a call to action, you responded in extraordinary ways. I want to thank our employees, students, parents, and other community volunteers for your incredible support of Taylor Elementary, the District as a whole, your neighborhoods, and the communities of both Cedar Rapids and Palo. Together we were able to sandbag around an entire school in just over 2 hours! This accomplishment was made all the more impressive since it was happening simultaneous with efforts to protect homes and businesses. Beyond that, you were patient as we worked through not having school for a week and adjusted to our identifying Monday as a student day that hadn’t been previously scheduled.
I did not live in the area at the time but I have family members who were directly impacted by the flood of 2008. I was awed then by the devastation that occurred. I have been awed this week by how effectively and efficiently the lessons that were learned that summer were put into action this time. As the Cedar Rapids Mayor noted, the Cedar River was up 1-0 on us, but we have largely evened things at 1-1 after this round of flooding. I could not agree more or be more proud to live and work alongside you.
Dr. Brad Buck
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