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The West Fargo School Board's Planning and Development Committee isn't scheduled to meet again until January 14. But that doesn't mean they don't have any homework. Superintendent Dana Diesel Wallace has asked committee members, and the rest of the school board, to get out and talk to as many people in the community as they can between now and then.
The time is now. There has never been a more perfect time for the Packer boys swimming team to win a team state championship. What may unfold this year has been years in the making. West Fargo has the numbers, it has the talent, and it has the versatility. Probably the only thing standing in the Packers' way is what is always standing in the Packers' way - 10-time defending state champion Minot High. But the Magicians appear more vulnerable than years past.
Packer fans need not fret about their girls hockey team. After a 0-2 start to the season, the Packers have won five in a row and climbed into third place in the 12-team state standings. The first and second place teams - Fargo North and Fargo South - are the two teams that beat West Fargo this year. The Packers have beaten their last three opponents - Devils Lake, Jamestown and Dickinson - a combined 13-1. "Our offense is finally starting to take off a little more.
A look through the lineup of last week's high school wrestling matchup pitting the Packers versus Grand Forks Central revealed the names of several unknown grapplers. With nearly half of their lineup missing due to injuries and ineligibilities, the Packers pitted several newcomers and JV regulars against the Knights. The result was a 44-27 loss to Grand Forks Central, a team the Packers usually have little trouble with. Injuries are one thing and often can't be avoided.
It turns out that Packers Mike Benson and Jason Moch have always been high scorers. They certainly showed it last Friday in scoring 25 points apiece in West Fargo's season opening 87-76 boys basketball win over Bismarck St. Mary's. The two played different roles for last year's varsity team that featured several high scorers that have all since graduated.
The Packer boys hockey team came about as close as it ever has to beating hockey powerhouse Grand Forks Red River last Friday at home. The win would have been the first over the Rough Riders in school history. The Packers were up 2-0 with less than two seconds left in the second period when Red River scored. The game was tied 2-2 - again with less than two seconds left - this time in the third period. That's when the Riders stole the game with another last second goal. It was about as low a feeling as a high school hockey player can have, according to several players.
The Packer girls basketball team announced to the rest of the state last Friday that it's a brand new season and that last year's six-win season will surely remain in the past. West Fargo did it in the form of a whopping 60-point victory over Bismarck St. Mary's in which the Packers nearly reached the triple digit scoring mark in the 96-36 season opening, home win. Any questions about who would be able to put the ball in the bucket were answered, for one game anyway, when just about everyone wearing green and white got in on the fun.
The West Fargo School Board's Technology Committee and administrators met on December 10, to assess future technology needs for the district. One of the top priorities they have been studying is the need to find a better wireless solution for Harwood and Horace Elementary schools. According to Rob Kaspari, the district's technology director, Horace Elementary loses their Internet connection on an average of about two or three times a month, leaving the school without phone or Internet service. Harwood's service is better, although their system runs very slow.
The West Fargo School Board met on Monday, Dec. 8, immediately following their regular board meeting to begin their annual Formative Evaluation of the Superintendent. The evaluation period covered July 1 through December 8, 2008. North Dakota Century Code requires a formative evaluation for superintendents before December 15, followed by a written evaluation before March 15. Areas touched upon during the assessment included overall performance of Dr.
The West Fargo School District started the 2008-09 school year with 3.5 teachers for the Early Childhood Special Education program. However, as children transition from Infant Development Services when they turn three, and preschool screenings identify 3-5 year olds with disabilities, enrollment in the program has traditionally grown throughout the year. For the past four years, additional part-time paraprofessional and teaching staff has been needed for the preschool program by the end of the school year.