Welcome to Wildcat Country!

The West Lyon Community School District is the “Home of the Wildcats” with our roughly 950 students Pre-K through 12, and a wonderful caring staff of nearly 140!  One will quickly realize that the students and staff alike really care about this district, and that’s just the start!  This district has some much to be proud of as we are surrounded by four wonderful communities who also share so much pride in the district!  The towns of: Alvord, Granite, Inwood, Larchwood and Lester all share in their support of this district, yet each has its own unique character!

I say this in my very first year as the superintendent of the West Lyon School District, but what I quickly learned is the districts’ stakeholders share a common bond and that their level of support is second to none!  Everyone I’ve met and visited with have such a caring and giving demeanor, always willing to lend a hand, as well as knowing that West Lyon students will be provided with the level of support that is needed to be successful in today’s 21st Century!  

I’m just starting to understand the history of this school district, and what I’ve learned thus far is nothing short of remarkable.  From the hardworking families in our agricultural rich communities, to the entrepreneurial parents who have designed their own business or company, as well as those parents that travel to Sioux Falls for their chosen careers.  They all talk very highly about their pride in their school district and how they appreciate how many of the graduates return to the area, or commonly travel back to visit with family and friends! 

A common quote in education is “it takes a village to raise a child,” and I believe that to be very true, as in education we need everyone to work together for a common purpose and goal for their students to be successful.  I’m a husband, a father and a grandparent and I take all those responsibilities seriously as we all should, and when I know in talking with various community members, they all take their responsibility very serious in the support the students and staff at West Lyon! 

My philosophy of education is pretty simple, “be willing to put in the time, work hard for your goals, understand that there will be challenges and failures along the way, but most importantly be proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished!” My goal for the West Lyon School District, whether you’re a community member, business person, relative, staff member, parent or student is that you take pride in your district and want what’s best for the students of the West Lyon School District and you can appreciate that we’re doing our very best in providing an educational setting that will prepare our young people for success in the “real world!” 

All our district stakeholders have one thing in common; they all take pride in their Wildcats!  When you get a chance take a look at our website, visit with one of our district stakeholders, and see why this district has so much pride and why you need to be a part of it!

Shawn Kreman

West Lyon Superintendent


Contact: Shawn Kreman