Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.
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Dana Diesel Wallace has been called abrasive, divisive, polarizing, insensitive, energetic, action-oriented and innovative. Now you can add survivor to the list. The West Fargo school superintendent on Tuesday came away with a renewed contract after a School Board hearing that could have meant the end of her time in the district. Board President Duane Hanson made it clear early on that he felt it was time for Diesel Wallace to go, citing the divisive nature of her leadership and low staff morale.
The West Fargo School Board voted unanimously Monday to buy two pieces of property, and to hire teachers to handle the addition of all-day kindergarten and increasing enrollment in the district this fall. The board also voted 5-0 to authorize the issuance of $5.5 million in bonds to pay for an addition to the current Kindergarten Center and to build a kindergarten center in the Osgood area on the south edge of the School District. The board also approved $1.7 million in bids for general construction, mechanical and electrical work for the addition to the current Kindergarten Center. Busines
The West Fargo School Board will meet at 7 tonight to discuss the potential nonrenewal of Superintendent Dana Diesel Wallace's contract. That announcement by board President Duane Hanson came at the end of Monday night's regular meeting, which started with two other bombshells: - The announcement of the resignation of the district's business manager, Mark Lemer, who is highly respected in state education circles and one of the key players in developing the state's new K-12 funding formula.
The days of a one-size-fits-all sheepskin for North Dakota's high school graduates may be coming to an end as lawmakers and educators study ways to challenge the next generation of students and prepare them to compete in the global marketplace. The governor's Commission on Education Improvement is focusing on a system called the Indiana Core 40 as a potential template for toughening graduation standards, and defining what is the basic level of education needed for students. "We're not just competing with the United States, we are competing globally," said commission member Rep.
The Fargo School Board voted 5-0 on Wednesday to swap 36 acres of land at what was once to be a high school site for 50 acres just north of where the School District's next high school will be built. The district rejected a $3.15 million cash offer from R.D. Offutt Co. of Fargo in favor of the swap.
Some south Fargo residents may see red when their favorite high school team plays - cardinal red. That color, and an eagle for its mascot, were recommended for Judge Ronald N.
North Dakota is in the top third among states in integrating technology in the classroom, according to Education Week's 11th annual "Technology Counts" report. North Dakota earned a grade of B overall for its policies and efforts to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics using computers and other forms of technology.
Fargo School District Superintendent Rick Buresh told parents and teachers Monday night that a mix of possible plans to handle a coming space crunch at Kennedy Elementary School was "the good, the bad and the ugly." For people who were disappointed at the enrollment planning that has the district's newest school nearly full in two years, some of those plans sounded like they had fallen out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. "They only threw out a few options, I'm not really a fan," said Paul Cook, adding that growth estimates of 75 more students a year for the school's so
A Moorhead man who had just spent 30 days in jail for carrying a concealed weapon into a North Dakota State University building in downtown Fargo will soon face a slew of charges in a violent crime spree that stretched from Fargo to south Moorhead on Thursday. Vincent Paul Degidio Jr. is suspected of shooting at police in a gun battle outside an apartment building at 3500 8th Ave. S., Moorhead, before escaping about 10 p.m. In the second of two armed confrontations, police said Friday that Degidio, 28, refused to drop his handgun and was shot by officers. That was at 10:29 p.m.
The principal at Mahnomen (Minn.) High School said Wednesday that teacher complaints about how she disciplines American Indian students and her management and communication style smack of potential gender or racial bias. "I believe that those concerns may or may not have issues relating to gender bias or a racial bias or some kind of prejudice," she said. "And I don't know what that is. That's kind of the feel that I have." District officials, however, say the complaints focus on her leadership. Concerns about Susan Ninham's management style were made in a Jan.