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Published April 30, 2010, 01:38 PM

UPDATED: Flowers, former Fargo school leader, says yes to West Fargo superintendent offer

WEST FARGO - Former Fargo superintendent David Flowers has accepted West Fargo’s top school spot.

WEST FARGO - Former Fargo superintendent David Flowers has accepted West Fargo’s top school spot.

After about an hour and a half of deliberations this morning, the West Fargo School Board offered the position to the current Hutchinson, Kan., superintendent.

Flowers called board President Tom Gentzkow this afternoon to accept the position.

A salary and contract will be negotiated and tentatively finalized by Monday, Gentzkow said. He added that the salary will likely be on the higher end of what the district advertised for the position – in the range of $150,000 to $160,000.

Perham-Dent (Minn.) Superintendent Tamara Uselman was the board’s second choice, and was board member Ben Koppelman’s first choice – making the decision to offer Flowers the job a 6-to-1 vote.

Koppelman told the board after the decision, though, that he’s comfortable working with Flowers.

Before then, a majority of the conversation was spent mulling between the two finalists’ qualifications.

“I’m really torn between the two,” board member Duane Hanson said. “They both come with an awful lot of strengths.”

A majority of the board members ended up voting for Flowers based largely on the 58-year-old’s extensive experience in a 37-year educational career.

West Fargo Assistant Superintendent Louise Dardis was the third finalist for the job, but was eliminated from the discussion after board members ranked all three candidates and she received the least support.

Flowers will begin the position July 1.

For more details, read Friday’s Forum.

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