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Despite legislation that provides more funding for students in North Dakota, the Manvel School District is paying out of its own pocket to cover thousands of dollars lost in state aid. The district's superintendent said the problem is that the state leaves the district's main budget needs out of the formula that determines school aid. School districts educate students through their general fund, which is paid for by taxpayers through a mill levy.
EMERADO, N.D. -- One of North Dakota's only corn mazes has been using technology to turn an ordinary walk into an interactive experience. The owners of Nelson's Pumpkin Patch near Emerado started using Quick Response Codes, those small black and white squares scanned by smart phones for advertisement purposes, to draw more attention to the maze, now in its second year. Smartphone users can scan the codes for directions around the 10-acre, spider web-shaped maze, or use it for a trivia game with friends that will help them find the end.
A long-anticipated renovation to UND's School of Law, adding more space for students, faculty and classrooms, could be complete as early as fall 2015, college officials said recently. Law school administrators say the expansion is more than necessary as the school is at its maximum capacity, forcing it in recent years to turn away qualified applicants. "We have been cobbling together offices here and squeezing in an extra person there," said Dean Kathryn Rand.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The first week of school for Grand Forks Central High School students should have begun like any other -- new classes, new teachers, a reluctant return to homework after three months of freedom. But some students say their perspective has deeply changed after one moment last spring forced them to lose a friend who was quick to bring a smile to their face.
On the first day Vernon Keel arrived at UND in 1976, he got a clear idea of Robert Lewis' sense of humor. Keel, then head of the journalism department, and Lewis, then director of the English department, unwittingly found themselves vying over vacant space in Merrifield Hall. Keel had written a letter to the dean arguing why the journalism department deserved more space.
UND master's student Lucky Malenga said a march honoring Martin Luther King Jr. earlier this year opened his eyes to King's legacy here. Malenga, 26, an international student from West Africa, participated in Grand Forks' first communitywide event in January honoring the civil rights leader. The unity walk was held to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan.
Grand Forks School Board member Mike St. Onge said he knew the public perceived the board to be on a "spending binge," but he knows they've made sound business decisions and now they just have to explain it better. The board spent about two and a half hours Monday evening poring through every response in a 14-page document, prepared by district employees, aimed at addressing taxpayer questions about the board's proposed 28.6 percent tax increase. Public demand for clarity on the districts' budget and financial history has been high sincea public tax hearing two weeks ago.
Grand Forks Public Schools administration released a response Thursday to taxpayer questions about the School Board's proposed 28.6 percent tax increase. In the document, attached to a School Board agenda packet for Monday's meeting, school officials deny the budget problem was anticipated, state that they have reduced the mill rate for years and predict delaying construction of a new elementary school would cost taxpayers millions more. Officials had promised to respond to comments raised at a public tax hearing Aug. 12.
Fargo television host Chris Berg described the interview Wednesday with Grand Forks Superintendent Larry Nybladh as "tough and respectful" until after the broadcast, when he claimed Nybladh used a curse word to describe him.
Grand Forks Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nybladh issued an apology Thursday after a Fargo television host said the official used a curse word on the host after an interview. Nybladh said in a press release he regretted his choice of words. "I know the job of superintendent is 24/7 and I hold myself to a high standard," he said. "I was taken aback and frustrated with the style of journalism, especially when it turned to what I perceived to be an attack on our teachers and students.