Serving as the new superintendent and a new citizen to Fort Dodge, people often stop me to inquire about a project, program, or something heard in a past conversation regarding Fort Dodge Community Schools. Some also wonder what the "new guy" can offer to our district. In one of the largest school districts in the state of Iowa and the largest in the immediate area, that is certainly to be expected. In the midst of all the good, and some not so good times, the Fort Dodge Community School District is striving to be the premier educational institution for young people. The academic and co-curricular opportunities provided are incredible, and I have found little disagreement that FDCSD is home to great schools for great kids. We are proud of the traditions, culture and continued accomplishments of our students and staff. We are pleased with our district's success and we set our standards high. In order to continue to deliver excellence and be a leading institution, we realize that there is always room for improvement. This article highlights the Fort Dodge Community School District's points of excellence, while also focusing on a few of the objectives we continue to improve.