Notre Dame principal retiring

By Celine Klosterman

BURLINGTON — Notre Dame Schools are seeking a new elementary principal as Bob Carr, principal of the elementary division for four years, prepares to retire.
“I look forward to having more time to spend with my family, but I know I will miss having the daily contact with students that I have had for so many years,” he said.
Carr’s career in education has included teaching elementary special education for six years. During that time he taught in the Seymour, Centerville and Ottumwa school districts. He then worked at Southern Prairie Area Education Agency as a consultant for six years. For 21 years, he served as an elementary principal in Fort Madison.
At the Catholic school, he “has done an excellent job at organizing our recent state accreditation visit,” said Byron Tatti, school board president. During Carr’s years at Notre Dame, enrollment has remained stable. The principal has supported adding academic dimensions to the preschool and expanding daycare, and cooperated with the Home and School Association to buy and install new playground equipment. “Mr. Carr has also done a great job with following up with families who come to visit Notre Dame to encourage them to send their children through such a great Catholic learning environment,” Tatti said.

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