The City of West Fargo was recently named by WalletHub as the 10th best small town to live in America. WalletHub compared more than 1,200 U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 across 40 key indicators of livability. Job opportunities, housing, and a low unemployment rate are all reasons people want to move to our area. We also have the reputation of having strong community support for education. This is evidenced by the recent passing of our $106.9 million bond referendum to provide new schools, renovations and
On Nov. 28, parents and community members were invited to the first annual State of the Schools address at Cheney Middle School. The purpose of the event was to talk about the Future: The future of West Fargo Public Schools, the future of education, the future of the labor market, but most importantly, the future of our students.
Even before the glow of the 70.71 percent approval from our community on our September bond referendum started to fade, the West Fargo team dove right into planning and scheduling the long list of projects included in the referendum package. First on the list is the new middle school and high school, which will be built on a combined site within the city limits of Horace, along 76th Avenue South and Sheyenne Street. Architects were interviewed and selected by the School Board in early-October, and construction planning and
Last week, I read a short article about attitude, written by Dr. Aimee Copas, the executive director of the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders. Copas said that while we all have attitudes, successful people and organizations have similar attitudes. I would like to describe the three attitudes she wrote about because I think the attitudes of our community are the reason we were able to celebrate a successful bond referendum vote on Sept. 25. The first takes the form of a contagious, upbeat attitude. That is truly the people that participated
Today, I have exciting news to share regarding two opportunities recently afforded our district. The first is receipt of a $4.3 million grant that will provide literacy initiatives for children from birth to grade 12 over the next three years. The second is the opportunity to pursue personalized learning for our students, with guidance from the state and KnowledgeWorks, an organization with nearly 20 years of experience partnering with schools and state and federal policymakers to create a system-wide approach to grow and sustain student-centered practices.
Many in the West Fargo Public Schools community may know me from past roles in the district, but for those who do not, allow me to share a bit about my journey in education. First, it must be said that it is an exciting time to be serving West Fargo Public Schools as Superintendent! While the majority of my career has been with WFPS, I did begin my teaching career in the Mahnomen Public School District as a teacher at Naytahwaush Elementary School. In 1993, I took a position at Harwood Elementary School, which began my tenure with North Dakota's