Superintendent/AD- Travis Ahrens

Welcome to the Clark School District! This my second year serving the school district and my first year as Superintendent. My wife, three children, and I have made the community of Clark our home for over a year now and there could not be a better place to raise a family. The Clark School District’s mission is to engage & educate each student academically & socially in order that they may reach THEIR potential as a productive member of society. In our school district, we strive to help students become the parents, neighbors, employees, and people we would all want to live next to and be a part of our lives. The ultimate goal we have for our students, is that they are college ready, career ready, and most importantly, life ready for an ever-changing world.


We have dedicated team of educators, support staff, board-members, coaches, and many other stakeholders that want nothing but the best for our students! We are a rural, small town school district that understands the extraordinary potential of all of our children!—-Travis Ahrens

Middle School/High School Principal & Special Education Director – Jennifer Heggelund

I am new to the Clark School District, but not new to northeast South Dakota. I come with 21 years of experience from the Watertown School District where I served as the Special Services Director. I also taught Special Education at Watertown High School prior to becoming the director. I was a 1994 graduate of Pierre High School in Pierre, S.D. I earned my B.A. in Elementary Education & Special Education from Dakota Wesleyan University, M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from Black Hills State University, and M.A. in Educational Administration from South Dakota State University. Along the way I have coached volleyball, basketball, and track and love everything extra-curricular activities can offer.

I have three children, Marcus, Meghan, and Mason who will all be attending post-secondary universities in the fall. Marcus will student teach next year and is attending Dakota State University. Meghan is pursuing Pre-med and is a sophomore at Bemidji State University. Mason will be a freshman at the University of Anchorage Alaska and is excited to participate in their Electrical Engineering program.

While I am not new to school administration, this will be my first principal position. I come from a family of educators. I see great value in education. This has been instilled in me from a young age and has provided me with a strong desire to lead others. I strive every day to have a positive impact and make a difference. I believe we are all stakeholders in the education of our students. It is about coming together and working to provide opportunities for our students that not only meet academic benchmarks, but create productive, caring citizens that will continue to impact our community in a positive way. I was drawn to the Clark School District because of the commitment I saw. It is a smaller community and the pride I see in this school district is powerful. I am excited to be here serving in this capacity and am looking forward to being embedded into a system that promotes student engagement with a well-rounded education. I believe it is this commitment, from all of us, that makes the difference in our community. Definitely the best investment we will ever make.

MaryBusiness Manager- Mary Nelson

I started as business manager with the Clark School District on June 23, 2014.  It feels great to be in the halls of my alma mater, as I am a Clark Comet graduate of 1986.  The years go by so quickly and I enjoy every minute of every day at the Clark School District. We have the best staff and students.

I live east of Clark on the farm where I grew up.  I have 3 children, Kyle, a 2005 Clark graduate, who lives in Fargo and has his own truck shop.   Amanda, a 2010 Clark graduate lives in Kirkland, Wa near Seattle with her husband Casey. She is a pharmacist at a hospital in Kirkland.  Morgan, a 2015 Clark graduate lives in Watertown, just finished college and is a staff accountant at VRS.  I also have a 3 year old grandson who makes being a grandma so worth it.

As business manager of the Clark School District, my days are filled with lots of paperwork.  I work with budget, accounts payable, account receivable, payroll and state funding along with food service financials.   In a small district, I do a little bit of everything!

Stop in and visit our district anytime!~~~Mary Nelson

ElementaryColony Principal- Renae Dahl. 

Hello Clark Elementary families, 

My name is Renae Dahl and this is my second year as Clark Elementary/Colony Principal and my fourteenth year in education. I am a 2001 Watertown graduate. I graduated from Mount Marty College-Watertown in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. I received my Master’s in Administration from the University of South Dakota in 2017. I am well-rounded with experience and very fortunate to have a diverse educational background.  I have taught various grades from Kindergarten to Eighth grade. My prior districts include Waverly/South Shore, Oglala Lakota County School District (formerly Shannon County), and many years at Canyon Lake Elementary in Rapid City. I was also the summer school administrator for the Rapid City Area Schools Summer School Program.

I have five children, Jonah, Isabella, Haven, Kyren and Tylen. We like to spend time as a family as much as we can. They are blessed with some pretty amazing grandparents as well.

As I think about the upcoming school year, I plan to continue Clark’s tradition of academic excellence and positive school culture. Our goal is that our students know that they matter; “every child, every day”. I believe that building strong relationships with our children brings better learning opportunities.

I hope your student is as excited about this school year as I am! We are ready to tackle this upcoming year with grace, gratitude and positive attitudes. I am really looking forward to this school year.

Stop in and say hello sometime,

Renae Dahl