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At the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament Thursday in Grand Forks, one fan section stood out. In the otherwise sparsely populated Ralph Engelstad Arena, rows of Central High School teens dressed in white stood and chanted.
Mike Kolness, superintendent of Ada-Borup (Minn.) Public Schools, has agreed to talk about the job offer of superintendent at East Grand Forks Public Schools. Discussion about the three-year contract will begin sometime early next week, School Board Chairman Tony Palmiscno said. "The negotiation team is very excited to sit down with him," he said. Members of the School Board, community, staff and school administrators spent more than two hours discussing four finalists Wednesday before choosing Kolness.
East Grand Forks School Board members plan to offer the district's superintendent position to Mike Kolness, superintendent of Ada-Borup (Minn.) Public Schools. After more than two hours of discussion Wednesday night and several hours of interviews with staff, community members and administrators, the board chose Kolness out of four finalists. He was unable to be reached for confirmation by press time.
Hundreds of local students attended the third annual career fair held Thursday at Community High School in Grand Forks. Students spent several hours listening to speakers representing five local businesses and visiting booths covering a broad spectrum of careers, from art to science and technology. New presenters this year included an artist, a dental hygienist and representatives from Target, J.R. Simplot and Custom Aire, said Darrel Casperson, career resource educator for Grand Forks Public Schools. "It went great," he said.
Medical bills can be jaw-dropping. A surgery might be anticipated to cost $1,500 but the bill could be for $3,000. A basic check-up might spur several tests, causing the bill to jump beyond a $25 copay. What happened?
Third-graders at Ben Franklin Elementary School in Grand Forks faced a daunting task Friday. A mean substitute teacher has locked the class in a box, said Kari Melland, an elementary curriculum technology partner. The only way to escape before she returned is by opening three heavy-duty locks. They had 45 minutes to do it. Faces lit up around the room as students saw a small wooden box with locks sitting on a table. "This puzzle can only be solved by everyone thinking and working together," she said.
The threat for significant and impactful flooding continues to be low, according to a forecast report released Thursday. The flood threat to the Red River Basin is slightly lower than average but slightly higher than average for the Devils Lake Basin, according to a spring flood outlook report issued by the National Weather Service's North Central River Forecast Center. The flood outlook this month has not changed much since January. This spring, temperatures are expected to be warmer than normal with normal precipitation.
Recent comments gathered by Grand Forks Public Schools show many parents want school school boundaries redrawn to address school crowding, economic equity and student choice. After less than a year of families adjusting to new boundary lines, drawn to accommodate south-end growth, some parents say north-end elementary schools are at capacity or overcrowded, suggesting schools be consolidated or lines be redrawn in the future.
North Dakota high school seniors can start applying for a state scholarship offering up to $6,000 toward college tuition expenses. Academic and career and technical education scholarships are available to all state students who meet the North Dakota Scholarship criteria, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said in a release Monday. The application deadline is June 3. Students who qualify will be notified in early July. For more information, visit www.nd.gov/dpi/schoolstaff/tse/grantsch/scholarship/ .
About eight-10ths of an inch of snow fell in Grand Forks by noon Sunday, according to the National Weather Service office. Meteorologist Brad Hopkins said he didn't expect much more. "Maybe an inch at most," he said. The Grand Forks area is expecting warmer temperatures throughout the week, with a brief cool-down Tuesday, he said. "By Thursday and Friday, highs should be in the upper 30s," he said. "That should carry into Saturday before a slight cool down. It's going to be kind of a rollercoaster."