After an almost 36-year career with the West Fargo School District, Carol Jacobsen is stepping down from her position in the payroll department, freeing up time to do a little traveling and spend more time with her friends and family, including her grandchildren.
A special open house in Jacobsen's honor will be held Thursday, June 3, from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. in the Leidal Education Center board room at 207 W. Main Ave. Everyone is welcome to stop in and visit and wish her well on her new endeavors.
Carol and her husband, David, first moved to West Fargo in 1974, purchasing the home they still live in on Second Street East.
She joined the school district shortly after arriving on Oct. 16, 1974. With only three employees in the office, first working in both accounts payable and payroll, and in 1979, shifting strictly to payroll, where she has been affiliated ever since.
Carol spent the greater part of her career in the old North School, moving to the new Leidal Education Building in January of 2000. She remembers the latter as "an exciting time being able to watch the progress of the construction on a daily basis."
Along with her time in the district, came constant change and growth, and consequently, the addition of new staff both certified and classified. "When I started we had the ditto and mimeograph machine, and since that time the advances in technology have been ever-changing." Carol noted, including the elimination of paper time cards, and the addition of all the technology now taken for granted, including voice mail, e-mails, color printers, etc. She noted that the district just went through a larger computer conversion in 2008 and there will be another after her departure on July 1.
Carol said she is going to miss many things about time spent in the West Fargo School District, mostly all the great people she has worked with, as well as no longer having a daily routine. "I have really enjoyed my job at the school and the many challenges it has presented. Helping the employees with questions and doing paperwork has been a very enjoyable experience. The staff and administrators have been very pleasant and great to work with. The years have gone very fast and the experiences gained have been very rewarding."
Carol and her husband, David, are the parents of a son and daughter, and have three grandchildren: Kelly and Kimberly Jacobsen, and children, Kody and Kaitlyn, of West Fargo; and Kristi and Randy Olinger, and son, Jacob, of Edina, Minn.