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School board recognizes Kenville for fundraising

Tom Kenville, Mid America Aviation president, was recognized by the West Fargo School Board on May 26, during their regular meeting. Kenville spearheaded a fundraising effort among area businesses, making it possible for West Fargo French students to refinance their summer trip to France after losing their savings during bankruptcy proceedings against their travel agency. Kenville was given a standing ovation from the board members and audience.

Other commendations were given to Judy Riley, West Fargo Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010; Sarah Schaeffer, a Cheney Middle School eighth grader, who has been named State Middle School Student Council President; and Philip Wyganowski, a first grader at Aurora Elementary School, who won first place in the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.

The board authorized staffing requests for additional classified positions for custodians and maintenance, paraprofessionals, administrative assistants, a nurse, and food service personnel for the 2009-2010 school year. The added positions are projected to cost an estimated $368,966 from the General Fund, and an additional $63,970 from the Food Service Fund. A new position for a Technology Integration Specialist was also approved at a projected cost of $75,300; and a part-time counselor at $32,000.

In other action, the board authorized the administration to advertise for bids for computers, projectors and audio/visual carts; authorized the administration to destroy a specified list of records from 2001 to 2002 as standard procedure; and approved a board resolution summarizing the student grade level and configuration of school facilities for accreditation purposes.

Energy conservation data from a Texas firm was presented for the board to review for consideration. Superintendent Dana Diesel Wallace pointed out that if an energy savings plan were to be implemented by the district, bids would be advertised, so the information presented was just a starting point.

The board also studied a chart prepared by YHR Designs revealing cost saving measures the district plans to use on building projects if the bond referendum goes through. They estimate that they can save the district over $7,700,000 dollars by building shared theater and library for the middle school and high school at the Sheyenne site, reusing the floor plans for the elementary school and new high school designs, and by sharing competition football field and track facilities.

The next board meeting will be held on June 8, at 6 p.m. in the Leidel Education Center, with a Committee of the Whole meeting preceding the regular meeting at 5:30.