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The agenda for the next negotiations meeting will look much the same as this week's agenda, with the same list of items still to be acted on.
The West Fargo School Board's Planning and Development Committee met on July 21, to discuss possible dates for a second bond election. They are in the process of analyzing why the first bond failed and brainstorming about what changes should be made to the building proposal before presenting it to the community. "We need to open up our minds, and not use tunnel vision," Duane Hanson said.
Learn how to Tie Dye a T-shirt, or brush up on knitting or weaving skills during the annual Fiber Arts Festival on July 25-26 at Bonanzaville. The two-day event will feature over 50 demonstrators, offering opportunities to learn about virtually all facets of fiber arts, all in one place. Participants can try spinning yarn with a drop spindle, knit their own dishcloth on a knitting machine, or make a knotted bracelet out of nylon cord.
The Leidal Education Center parking lot was full, and students, teachers, and parents filled every available space in the boardroom on Monday night to show their support for Jeremy Murphy. Murphy, an English teacher at West Fargo High School, was asked to step down from his role as advisor for the West Fargo high school student-run Packer newspaper last month for what has been described as a difference of philosophy with the district. Murphy has not been relieved of his other teaching duties as a high school English instructor and yearbook advisor.
When Paul Tefft retired from his 37-year teaching career in West Fargo at the end of the 2007-08 school year, a group of students donned Tefft look-alike sweater vests in tribute to the well-liked teacher. Several former students stopped by to see him during his last weeks of class; attesting to the impact Tefft had made in their lives. As a teacher, Tefft loved to force his students to think outside of the box and stretch their minds beyond their own expectations of themselves; encouraging them to aspire to higher goals in life.
Last week, West Fargo School District leaders made the decision to relieve Jeremy Murphy from his duties as advisor for the West Fargo High School Packer newspaper. It has been a controversial decision that has captured the attention of the community. While it is easy for us to want to point fingers or second guess decisions made by others, we have to keep in mind that the view from the sidelines never reveals the whole picture. A difference of philosophy versus freedom of speech has surfaced as the biggest concerns involved in the dispute.
Residents at the West Fargo High Rise and people from the community were treated to an outdoor concert on Wednesday, June 24, performed by the West Fargo Summer Band. Under the direction of Mark Berntson, band director at the West Fargo High School, the annual concert was held in the High Rise's back yard, with about 90 people attending. Concertgoers were blessed with a cool breeze, no rain, and few mosquitoes, as they listened to seven selections performed by the group.
The West Fargo Education Association and West Fargo School District's negotiation teams methodically whittled away on its agenda items on June 29, reaching tentative agreements on two items. With both teams exercising a great deal of caution to make sure wording and terminology is carefully chosen, progress has been slow, but the mood has been conducive to successful collaborative bargaining.
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.
Once renowned as one of Peru's busiest and most influential fishing ports, Chimbote has become one of Peru's poorest cities. Plagued with devastating earthquakes and natural disasters, political unrest, extremely high unemployment rates, anemia and malnutrition, the impoverished desert town located on the Pacific Coast north of Lima, is home for over 400,000 people, many of whose makeshift living quarters lack basic necessities such as sewer, water, and electricity.