Horace Hawks take first step toward several independent teams, activities
West Fargo Public Schools approves plan to hire additional staff to prepare for Horace High School expansion
WEST FARGO — West Fargo Public Schools is preparing for the division of a number of sports and activities next year at Horace High School.
Starting in the fall, the district's third and newest high school will host its first junior class, teaching grades nine through 11. While Horace High School already has some of its own varsity teams, other sports and activities continue to co-op with the Sheyenne High School Mustangs.
At the West Fargo School Board's Monday, May 9, meeting, the board unanimously approved hiring a number of coaches and activity leaders to prepare for additional school teams for a total cost of about $164,000 in the 2022-23 school year.
The board approved hiring a student council leader and speech team director, as well as coaches for baseball, cross country, boys basketball, girls basketball, cheerleading, boys golf, girls golf, football, girls soccer, girls swimming, track and field, volleyball, weight training and wrestling.
"As they are moving forward and expanding, there are a lot of activities that will be breaking apart," said Human Resources Director Brittnee Nikle.
She explained that some coaches or activity leaders may show they earn a higher stipend, but the salary is based on the length of time of the activity or sport's season.
Nikle also noted most coaches and activity leaders the district will hire are district staff.
"The more on-staff coaches you have, the better you are. The connection with students is better," West Fargo Board President Jim Jonas said.