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Months after publicly criticizing Grand Forks School Board members, Doug Carpenter has now joined their ranks. On Monday, the School Board voted 6-2 in favor of appointing Carpenter, who was not present at the meeting, over John Knutson, Kevin Kuntz and Amy Zabinski. He will serve as a member until the next election, June 10. His appointment comes a few months after the board faced public ire over a proposed 28.6-percent property tax increase.
A former Grand Forks Central High School graduate, now an emerging composer, will premiere a work Monday inspired by his hometown Performed on Central High School's new stage, Matthew Peterson's "The River" is only about seven minutes long but incorporates the full force of the school's choir, band and string orchestra, he wrote in an email. Peterson, a 2002 graduate who now lives in Sweden, has composed works that have been performed across the United States as well as in England and Sweden. The concert, free of charge and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m.
Four schools in North Dakota were not approved for operation this year by the state Department of Public Instruction, including two in Grafton and Fordville, according to Matt Strinden, state director of teacher and school effectiveness. Forest River School in Fordville and Pleasant Valley Christian School in Grafton, both private schools that don't receive funding from the state, didn't bother requesting approval, school officials said last week. St.
Four candidates for the Grand Forks School Board have submitted answers to a questionnaire explaining why current board members should choose them. The School District released the documents Thursday in advance of the Monday meeting in which board members will pick either Doug Carpenter, John Knutson, Kevin Kuntz or Amy Zabinski. Area residents will have a chance to offer their input during a public comment period preceding the board's decision, according to Vicky Schwartz, the district's business manager. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Mark Sanford Education Center, 2400 47th Ave.
Members of the Spirit Lake Dakota nation will add their voices Thursday to a series of stories linking health, illness and culture for a national exhibit that will be launched in Fort Totten, N.D. The Cankdeska Cikana Community College will be hosting the "Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness" exhibit, which includes interactive media and interviews with American Indians, Hawaiians and natives of Alaska. The exhibit, produced through the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., will be held at 11 a.m.
Grand Forks has its public library off of South Washington Street, and then there's Sarine Weingarten's public library at 722 Walnut St. She built the library in a box and installed it outside her home a year ago as a way to honor her late grandmother, who loved to read, she said. At her office, she installed another little library. It's part of the Little Free Library movement, which a man in Hudson, Wis., began as a way to honor his mother, a teacher who loved to read.
FOSSTON, Minn. -- As Dick Roue wandered through his home, he paused to identify the hundreds of books that have spilled over into his bedrooms, bathroom, garage and basement. "This is kind of my reference materials, dictionary, word finders and stuff like that," he said, pointing to one shelf. "This is all poetry, the whole shelf.
On the heels of a highly criticized tax increase, the Grand Forks School Board approved pay hikes for school district employees Monday, saying they're trying to keep salaries competitive and compensate for greater contributions required by the state pension fund. It was the last of a series of salary and benefit increases negotiated earlier between the district and employee representatives. This time it was compensation increases for department heads, averaging about 10.1 percent spread over two years. Newly-elected board Vice President Mike St.
The Grand Forks School Board approved an increase in salaries and benefits for administrators and program directors for the next two years, saying earlier legislation requiring bigger contributions to the state pension fund drove the decision. Employees who will see pay increases include the assistant superintendent and the district business manager, as well as directors of programs such as athletics and instructional services. The approximate cost of the pay raises over the two years is $192,112, according to a district memo. "I think part of the challenge of this was the timing of it," sa
Grand Forks Public Schools this fall changed language in a time-off policy to include partners in same-sex partnerships and other relationships, reflecting a practice the district has followed for decades. The language in all employee contract agreements under family illness and bereavement leave changed from "husband or wife" to "spouse/partner," effective July 1, the start of the contract period.