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Grand Forks Schools superintendent to receive positive review in last evaluation as district's leader

Dr. Larry Nybladh is the new Superintendent of schools in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The head of Grand Forks Public Schools is set to receive positive feedback in what likely will be his last evaluation for the district.

The Superintendent's Evaluation Committee for the School Board unanimously approved on Tuesday a draft of Larry Nybladh's evaluation, which will go to the School Board next week for final approval. Nybladh announced in September his retirement, which will be effective June 30.

The committee worked off a November evaluation that gave Nybladh a favorable review. Tuesday's session in forming the evaluation gave him satisfactory marks and noted his continued leadership and his efforts to keep state policymakers informed on the needs and status of the district, among other comments.

Committee member Cynthia Shabb suggested adding to the evaluation a line about calling for the superintendent being more visible, a concern she said she has heard from multiple residents and that came out in public forums regarding the superintendent search. Nybladh's visibility has improved since the November evaluation, she said.

"This is one area that I still think has room for growth," he said. "I know it is not always possible. People just want to see the superintendent."

The school district has improved in getting more information out to the public through its website and social media, Shabb said.

Last month, the School Board chose Terry Brenner, director of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development for the district, to succeed Nybladh.

Nybladh's annual salary is $231,210. A committee met last week in a closed meeting to discuss negotiations for Brenner's salary, but no action was taken.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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