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West Fargo kindergarten centers named

With a second kindergarten facility scheduled to open this fall in time for the 2009-2010 school year, the West Fargo School Board voted Monday night to name the two kindergarten centers the Clayton A. Lodoen Kindergarten Center, and the Osgood Kindergarten Center. Daily starting times and dismissal schedules for the new Osgood Kindergarten Center were also approved, with the school day beginning at 7:50 a.m., and ending at 2:30 p.m.

After reviewing anticipated changes to bus schedules to accommodate the addition of the Osgood Kindergarten Center and the new STEM program for middle school level students, the board also approved slight modifications to the starting and dismissal times at Aurora, Horace, and Cheney schools. Cheney Middle School's start and dismissal times will be moved back seven minutes, starting at 8:42 a.m. and dismissal at 3:42 p.m. STEM program times will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Aurora Elementary's schedule will be five minutes earlier than in the past, with school beginning at 8 a.m. and dismissal at 2:40 p.m. Horace Elementary's day will begin 15 minutes earlier, starting at 7:50 a.m., with dismissal at 2:30 p.m.

School officials believe that the time adjustments for Horace and Aurora will be a welcome adjustment, aligning the school day schedule more closely to parent and bus drop-off times. Board member Karen Nitzkorski recommended that Harwood Elementary School's schedule be evaluated to see if it should be adjusted, as well.

In other action, the board approved the transfer of $900,459.72 from the special reserve fund to offset expenditures in the general fund for the construction of the Osgood Kindergarten Center, and land purchases. During the August 20, 2008 board meeting, the board had appropriated $543,000 of special reserve monies for the six additional classrooms earlier approved at the kindergarten facility. The remainder of the funds had been allocated for construction costs of $508,948.20 for the kindergarten facility, and $391,511.52 for payments for land purchases. The board also approved a budget adjustment for the transaction of moving the funds from the special reserve fund to the general fund.

The board awarded bids for laundry services to AmeriPride Linen and Apparel; Domino's Pizza for pizza bids; Subway of West Fargo for submarine sandwiches; and Pan-O-Gold Baking Company for bread products. Prime vendor bids for Groceries and Net Off Invoice (NOI) Commodities were awarded to Food Service of America.

Purchase agreements were accepted for two houses to be built by the Building Trades program during the 2009-2010 school year. The board also approved reports for uncollectible and outstanding checks; approved an IDEA-B ARRA grant application for special education; and reviewed and accepted an extended leave request from a special education instructor.

During the Superintendent's report, Dana Diesel Wallace thanked board members for getting out and talking to people about the bond election results, as the district regroups and decides what the next step should be.

"I applaud all of you who have provided insight from what you are hearing out there. You have been a good sounding board," Wallace said.

Wallace indicated that she has been working with her administrative assistant, Heather Leas, to develop a document on what's the next step. Meetings with the Planning and Development, policy, and budget committees will be set up to discuss the district's options.

A joint meeting between the West Fargo and Fargo school boards will be held on June 30 at 6:30 p.m., for the purpose of hearing an entrepreneurial proposal by Tony Grindberg and former West Fargo High School teacher, Paul Tefft. The meeting will be held at the Fargo Public Schools District Office at 415 4th St. Fargo.