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District names Fremstad High School Principal

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Superintendent Dr. David Flowers announced Monday that Jennifer Fremstad has been hired as the new principal of West Fargo High School, effective July 1.

Fremstad, a Courtenay, N.D., native who currently serves as an assistant principal at Fargo South High School, will take the reins from Gary Clark, who stepped in as interim principal at the start of the 2012-2013 school year.

“Mrs. Fremstad impressed the interview team with her preparation and readiness to become principal of a large high school, her student-centered focus, and a passion for helping all students to succeed,” Flowers said in a press release. “We are excited to have her join the West Fargo Public Schools team.”

Her contract will be brought to the school board for their approval during their next meeting on Monday, March 25.

Monday also brought news that district assistant superintendent Louise Dardis will be resigning from her post, effective April 5.

Dardis has been involved in the district for past 34 years as both a teacher and administrator.

“I have worked with wonderful people,” Dardis said. “It’s really bittersweet, but I am assured that the administration will find a great replacement. I feel like I’ve had a good run, thanks to many people.”

Upon her resignation, she will be working part time in an educational capacity with details yet to be released.

She’s always been a class act through some not-so-classy times,” board member Karen Nitzkorski said, “and a great role model for us all.”

“She’ll be a tough act to follow,” board member Dave Olson said.

During the meeting, the board unanimously awarded bids - at the recommendation of business manager Mark Lemer - for the construction of the district’s next elementary school, located on 54th St. S.

The board accepted bids from Lee Jones & Son Construction for general construction and from S.A. Mechanical, Scott’s Electric and Braun Intertec for mechanical construction, electrical construction and special inspections, respectively.

The total cost for the project comes to just under $9.4 million, which is roughly $1.1 million less than the architects estimate, but about $150,000 more than the budgeted amount for the project.

The board also accepted an alternate bid of $36,200 for concrete parking lots instead of asphalt.

“We recognize that a 25-year life for asphalt and the potential for a 50-year life for concrete just seems like a no-brainer when the cost of asphalt is as high as it is,” Lemer said.

The school should be completed by the fall of 2014.

The board also approved a policy detailing the line of succession should the superintendent be away or unable to perform his duties.

Until April 5, Dardis would assume the role in that situation.