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West Fargo schools superintendent to retire

WEST FARGO – West Fargo Public Schools Superintendent David Flowers has announced he will retire on June 30.

According to a statement from the district, the West Fargo School Board will consider Flowers’ letter of intention to retire at its Monday, Dec. 11, meeting.

Flowers is the third superintendent in the metro area to announce that he’s stepping away from the position in as many months.  

Moorhead Superintendent Lynne Kovash retired in October, facing a battle against pancreatic cancer. Fargo Superintendent Jeff Schatz announced Nov. 28 that he will retire at the end of the school year.

The West Fargo School District plans to hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, to offer more details about Flowers’ retirement.

Last week, a community task force formed by Flowers met for the first of five planned meetings to study facility needs of the fastest growing school district in the state and a possible bond referendum.

Flowers was hired as West Fargo’s superintendent in 2010. He has been an educator for 45 years, including 16 years combined as superintendent in Fargo and West Fargo. He was named North Dakota Superintendent of the Year in 2013.

“We have benefitted from his knowledge and direction during his years of service, especially during times of increasing enrollment, bond referendums, and district changes,” district spokeswoman Heather Konschak said in a statement. “A national search for his successor will begin in the near future, and more information will be shared as the Board determines the next steps in the process.”