Dr. Simon headshotDr. Lori J. Simon


Phone: (605) 394-4031
Email: lori.j.simon@k12.sd.us


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Shirley FletcherSenior Administrative Assistant

Shirley Fletcher

Phone: (605) 394-4031
Email: shirley.fletcher@k12.sd.us



Our Vision

Building tomorrow’s community through Inspiration, Innovation, and Excellence.


Our Mission

Challenge, engage, and empower students to thrive in their future in a diverse world.


Welcome to the Rapid City Area Schools!

I am proud to serve as the Superintendent of Schools and excited about our future!

Superintendent Lori Simon engages with young students

Dr. Simon greets and engages with young students on their first day of school.

This year, we began implementing our new Strategic Plan 2022. This ambitious five-year plan outlines five broad goals – Reading by 3rd Grade; 21st Century Learning; College, Career, and Life Readiness; Teaching and Leading; and Partnerships – all with one purpose in mind, to prepare our students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to be successful in post-secondary and beyond in whatever path they choose as we strive to fulfill our vision of creating tomorrow’s community through inspiration, innovation, and excellence.

Through all my experiences in K-12 education, I have valued the work of educators and the strength of a supportive and inspired community. Our students are our greatest assets; and we all want them to be healthy, well-rounded students who do well academically, socially, and emotionally.  We also want them to be good people who treat others well and make the world a better place.

We are fortunate to have highly talented and dedicated leadership and staff who are committed to the success of our students and our schools.

The role of family and community involvement are crucial to this success. These rich partnerships strengthen the fibers that make our community special and positively influence our future leaders and workforce. I invite you to be part of building this foundation by visiting our schools or serving as a volunteer. We are proud of our schools and believe you will feel the same.

The Rapid City and Black Hills area is not just a beautiful place in which to live, grow, work, and play. It is a destination. A special place from which to build a career, raise a family, pursue life’s dreams, and achieve personal and professional goals. Our District is an integral part of the Rapid City area family. We believe that the opportunities we offer and the people who provide them will take our students to new heights of success.

Here’s to a great year!

Dr. Simon's Signature

Dr. Lori J. Simon
Superintendent of Schools

During Dr. Simon’s tenure, the Rapid City Area Schools have:

  • In partnership with the Board of Education, RCAS staff and community members developed Strategic Plan 2022 to guide our future work
  • Developed our Mission and Vision
  • Launched a new website and district brand
  • Instated a new professional learning calendar
  • Created Community Advisory Council
  • Improved reading and math test scores


Dr. Simon welcomes your feedback at lori.j.simon@k12.sd.us