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Grand Forks Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nybladh's salary should be $225,000 next year, committee members said. The Superintendent Evaluation Committee unanimously approved a motion Monday to increase Nybladh's base salary by 3.49 percent for the 2015-16 school year. His current salary is $217,413. Committee members, who meet once a year to determine the superintendent's salary, also voted his contract be extended for another three years. The motion will be sent to the School Board for final approval.
Grand Forks teachers and the School Board will soon determine whether local mediation is needed to help set the 2015-17 teachers contract. Both negotiating teams agreed on Monday to add another meeting this month to "find out where we are, if we've got room to move," said Tom Young, chief negotiator for teachers. The team must decide whether to pursue advisory arbitration by June 15.
Grand Forks elementary teachers spend 50 minutes more per day with students than the state requires yet have virtually no time to prepare, teachers told the School Board on Monday. Members of the Grand Forks Education Association pushed board members to discuss teacher prep time Monday as they continued to negotiate the 2015-17 teachers contract. Though the two entities have met several times, Monday was the first mention of this request in the contract. Some teachers told the board an additional hour of uninterrupted preparatory time would mean a lot to district elementary teachers, many o
The song was a fun bit of nonsense for students at Ben Franklin Elementary School. Forming a wide circle, they clapped hands in time as they sang a longtime favorite. "Obo-shi notten totten, nay nay, I am boom, boom, boom," they sang. Leading the song was music teacher Annella Winger, singing with a bright smile on her face and setting the pace for one of her final classes.
Central High School Principal Buck Kasowski said Thursday students are "ready to move on" from allegations a group of athletes engaged in a sexual act on a school bus. "Students make mistakes all of the time," he said. "And when they make mistakes, there are consequences. When the consequences are done, we move on. That's what schools do."
Three North Dakota students from the region have been selected for National Merit Scholarships. Red River High School seniors Cali Ann Richtsmeier and Maxwell Schumacher and Thompson High School senior Joshua Brooks will receive between $500 and $2,000 every year up to four years. Richtsmeier, a nursing major, and Schumacher, a civil engineering major, are attending North Dakota State University in Fargo. Brooks, a computer engineering major, is attending the University of Texas at Dallas. They're among about 4,100 high school seniors nationwide to receive the scholarships this year.
Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown's recent open heart surgery won’t stymie his duties as mayor, he said Wednesday. Brown, the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history, had the surgery May...
Grand Forks Public Schools teachers could have received a total of $1.5 million bump in their salaries over the past four years, teachers said on Tuesday. Members of the Grand Forks Education Association say their calculation shows better salaries and benefits in the 2015-17 contract should be possible as they negotiated with School Board members.
Good behavior in one Minnesota district is gaining big rewards. At Warren-Alvarado-Oslo School District, students who had exemplary citizenship and work ethic this year were recognized on the district's first Responsibility Honor Roll, Principal Wade Johnson said. In its pilot year, about half of the students in seventh through 12th-grade earned the distinction, which also made them eligible to win laptops and other prizes. "We wanted to reward the students that are constantly doing things right," Johnson said.
The military bugle playing taps can send Terry Buraas back in time, he said. Buraas, a member of the American Legion Post 157 honor guard in East Grand Forks, hears the melancholy call about 40 to 60 times a year. That's how often he attends military funeral ceremonies. "It means a lot because of what you go through," he said. "I was in combat, but not everybody was. ...