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WF School District names assistant superintendents

The West Fargo School District announced on Friday that Beth Slette has been named assistant superintendent of elementary curriculum and instruction and Allen Burgad has been named assistant superintendent of secondary curriculum and instruction.

Slette, who currently serves the district as Director of Assessments and Federal Programs, has spent the last 19 years in the district, both on the educational and administrative side.

Burgad has served as the superintendent of schools for the Northern Cass School District since 2004. During his tenure with Northern Cass, he has also served as an Adjunct Professor at both Valley City State University and North Dakota State University.

The two assistant superintendent positions were created with Board approval from the combination of the assistant superintendent position recently vacated by the retirement of Louise Dardis, the dissolution of the Director of Assessments and Federal Programs position -- Slette's current position -- and the forfeiture of the Director of Strategic Initiatives position, a board-approved position that was never filled.

Slette and Burgad will assume their new roles on July 1.

During Monday's meeting, the school board unanimously approved a staffing request that adds 62 co-curricular positions to the district.

Many of the positions are for middle school athletic coaches, but the request also calls for drama, music, club advisement and varsity JROTC coaching positions, among others.

Most of the positions requested were due to the opening of Liberty Middle School -- where co-curricular opportunities must match those offered at Cheney Middle School -- and the expansion of Sheyenne High School. According to pre-registration and evaluations of participation, the school district will, more than likely, see a significant increase in the number of participants. At the middle school level, no students are cut and everyone will be placed on a team.

"It is really what we have hoped for," human resources director Robin Hill said. "We need more coaches because more kids are coming out. We now have two schools and more opportunity."

The combined cost of these positions is $122,394.

The board also unanimously approved bids for furniture for Sheyenne High School.

The bids provide for much of the school's needs, from desks and storage cabinets to equipment for art classes.

The cost of the furniture is just under $375,000, which approximately $25,000 under the available budget.

Bids for various pieces of furniture went to five different companies: Accent Workplace and Learning Environments, Brown & Saenger, Business Essentials, Scholastic Equipment and School Specialty.