The half hour interview, which accompanies this post, touches on the following areas:
-Behavior in the schools. Ridder says it has been "phenomenal, both the adult and the child behavior. Students are "engaged with purpose."
-"We empowered the classroom teacher. We're no longer telling them what to do. They're telling us what they need."
-Finances- "We are fiscally sound."
-Superintendent search- The deadline for applicants is Friday, September 23, and a new superintendent will be in place by the end of the year.
-Communication is still the biggest problem in the district, Ridder said.