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 school year, we entered year two of our 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 School 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. This year we have begun moving from planning to implementation with the implementation of our new elementary reading curriculum materials toward our Reading by 3rd Grade goal, and the start of our STEAM2 pilots in two elementary and two middle schools as part of our 21st Century Learning goal, and much more.


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 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. With the implementation of our Strategic Plan 2022, the opportunities we offer and the people who provide them will take our students to new heights of success as we inspire, innovate, and excel.

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

Superintendent’s 2021 Community Advisory Council (CAC)

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) serves as a forum for discussion, sharing perspectives, providing feedback, and explaining new and innovative ways to meet the needs of our school district. The CAC meets for one hour once a month through May, 2022.

CAC Members:

Greg Blanc
Jessica Gromer
Michael Webster
Natalie LaFrance-Slack
Kim Weyer
Elizabeth Massa
Paula Jensen
Walt Swan
Danita Simons
Tami Aschwege
Heather Barth
Bob Burke
Ariel Eagle
Tabitha Gibson
Jeffrey Harrison
Chris Huber
Maggie Klapperich
Chad Lewis
Jay Mendel
Brian Munsell
Marli Schippers
Kehala Two Bulls
Danny Watt