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School district announces administrative appointments

Grand Forks Public Schools has announced the appointment of six new administrators for the 2019-20 school year.

Amy Bartsch, principal of Lake Agassiz Elementary School, has been named the chief academic officer for Grand Forks school district.

Bartsch has served as principal at Lake Agassiz school for nearly three years. From 2014 to 2016, she was schoolwide Title 1 program coordinator at the school and, before that, was an elementary school teacher for 10 years.

She has served on several school and district committees and facilitated professional learning communities.

Bartsch earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a master’s degree in educational leadership from UND. She holds principal credentials at the elementary and secondary levels.

In her new role, she will head the “teaching and learning house,” the academic side of the newly configured Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Department, said Tracy Jentz, spokeswoman for the school district.

Eric Ripley, executive director of career and technical education, will oversee the “operations house” in that department, Jentz said.

Jodi Dodson, the Title 1 schoolwide program coordinator at Valley Middle School, has been named associate principal at Valley Middle School.

With 21 years of experience in Grand Forks public schools, Dodson has taught at South and Valley middle schools and served as a curriculum technology partner.

She is also a director of the Helping Hands volunteer program and a member of the district’s Innovations and Olweus Bullying Prevention Programs committees.

Dodson earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and middle school math and science from UND and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. She is working toward a master’s degree in education leadership from UND.

As associate principal at Valley Middle School, Dodson is filling a position held by Mike Wilber, who has been appointed associate principal at Grand Forks Central High School.

The following educators were interviewed and have been selected as elementary school associate principals: Elisa Diederich at Lake Agassiz, Loren Hoheisel at Discovery, Travis Neil at Century, and LuAnn Schmidt at J. Nelson Kelly elementary schools.

Their assignments are the result of a reconfiguration of the building resource coordinator position at each of the schools.

These administrative assignments were approved by the Grand Forks School Board on Monday.