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Ava Kuntz, 5, clung shyly to her mother's leg moments before she was set to start her first day at Discovery Elementary School in Grand Forks. Standing outside her classroom on Monday, amid the excited chatter of parents, photos of students and lots of hugs — in some cases, tears — she didn't appear too concerned as she watched the activity around her. For her parents, Ryan and Vanessa Kuntz, the day was a notable one. Ava, the oldest of their two daughters, is the first to attend school.
East Grand Forks Public Schools is struggling to hire bus drivers. "We're no different than any other school district," Superintendent David Pace said. Some students this year will board buses from a local charter service to attend close to 100 events because the district can't find enough drivers, he said.
Two Grand Forks educators have recently been honored by the North Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education. Paul Zettler, an information technology teacher for Red River High School, was recognized as the Teacher of the Year by NDACTE for exceptional work through his hands-on projects, incorporation of guest speakers, field trips and use of resources, according to the district.
REYNOLDS, N.D.—Greg Saure said closing the church building is like losing a family member. He and his wife, Lori, walked Tuesday inside the bare interior of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Reynolds, lightly stepping around piles of carpet, wooden planks and a large wooden cross setting on its side. "We've just been living, eating and breathing church all summer," Lori Saure said. The couple is stripping the interior of the rural church, which has provided service to residents since Lutheran Norwegian immigrants founded it in 1886, to prepare it for demolition.
Two social justice advocates will speak at a Sept. 3 event held by North Dakotans for Diversity and Compassion.
Grand Forks students' average composite scores for the 2015 ACT exam is above the state average. High school juniors scored an average composite score of 21.2 compared to the state average of 20.6 and the national average of 21.0, according to the district Tuesday. The ACT tests students in English, math, reading and science. Student composite scores are also higher than an estimated 13 states that require ACT testing.
North Dakotans for Diversity and Compassion is offering Grand Forks residents an alternative fellowship event the same night a controversial religious speaker plans to visit the city. In response to Usama Dakdok's upcoming appearance at the Empire Arts Center, NDDC is offering an opportunity for people to enjoy food and discussion and to come together as a community, said Natasha Thomas, chairwoman of the nonprofit. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 319 S.
Alyssa Kemp, a soon-to-be ninth-grader in Edinburg, N.D., was recently selected as a semifinalist for a national middle school science and engineering fair competition. Kemp, who will attend Valley-Edinburg High School this fall, was selected as a Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalist for her science fair project, "How a River Runs—A Study of Channelization," according to UND's School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Kemp was selected from more than 6,000 nominees nationwide, according to the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science and the Public, which hold the contest. Finalists for the
The Grand Forks School Board unanimously approved hiring three additional teachers Monday with the option of adding up to four more if necessary. Discovery Elementary School requires an additional two instructors for grades three and five this fall and Twining Elementary/Middle School at Grand Forks Air Force Base needs one kindergarten teacher before school starts next week because of growing enrollment, according to the district. Board members approved the motion to hire the new teachers without discussion. Discovery Elementary, the city's new south end school, will open this fall with an
The Grand Forks School Board approved the 2015-16 school resource officer contract Monday with a higher-than-average reimbursement requested by the city of Grand Forks. The school district will pay $90,000 to the city for the use of three officers — $40,000 more than what it has historically paid. Last year, city officials requested the change because they said the current amount doesn't fully cover the cost of services, and school officials agreed at a meeting in January that the request was "fair and equitable." One school resource officer is stationed at Central High School, anothe