Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and and at CBS Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota.
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WEST FARGO—The West Fargo School Board decided a new superintendent will make a starting salary of $200,000, which includes about $20,000 in retirement benefits. Business manager Mark Lemer said the final salary is negotiable, depending on the experience and qualifications of the final candidate. Flowers, who has been superintendent since 2010, currently earns about $206,000 and about $28,000 in retirement. The board entered into an executive session after its meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, to discuss the superintendent salary that will be offered to candidates.
WEST FARGO — Rep. Kim Koppelman announced Monday, Jan. 8, that he will seek re-election to the North Dakota House of Representatives. Koppelman, a Republican who represents District 13, was first elected to the House in 1994. District 13 includes the city of West Fargo. "Proven leadership is important to continue moving our state in the right direction and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to be part of good government in the North Dakota Legislature," Koppelman said in a news release.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo School Board officials hope to decide on a new superintendent by mid-March. Human Resources Director Robin Hill said she would like to have the job posted on relevant websites by Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the latest with applications due by Feb. 18. "I would like to open up applications as early as possible, by next week," Hill said at a committee meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 3. "The way we communicate today online and the speed we interchange information, things move fast."
Although he considered retiring from public service, Rich Mattern announced this week he plans to run for a fifth term as West Fargo mayor. Mattern said he plans to file for re-election in January when filing opens for the mayor and two commission seats. "I thought long and hard about it and I'd like to see some things through," he said.
WEST FARGO—The School Board here decided it will not hire an outside consultant to search for its next superintendent. West Fargo Public Schools Superintendent David Flowers announced Dec. 6 that he will retire on June 30. Fargo Public Schools, Moorhead Public Schools and the Grand Forks School District are also searching for superintendents. The West Fargo School Board voted unanimously on Tuesday, Dec. 19, to begin a national search using its own human resources department. The district will start advertising for candidates in early January.
WEST FARGO—Residents here will start the new year with a new-look fire department. After more than 70 years with all-volunteer firefighters, the West Fargo Fire Department will have 14 full-time personnel starting Jan. 1. Fire Chief Dan Fuller began making changes earlier this year to create a 58-member hybrid department, with 14 full-time employees, including administrators, and 44 volunteer firefighters. The move was meant to keep up with city growth and reduce lengthy response times.
WEST FARGO—The West Fargo School Board will decide next month if it will hire a consulting firm to help find a new superintendent to replace David Flowers, who is retiring June 30. "I'll always value my time in this district," Flowers said Monday. "There comes a time—I've been a superintendent for more than 20 years—that you need to do something different."
FARGO—Firefighters responding to a fire alarm call at North Dakota State University arrived to find a fire in a basement lab that caused significant damage. According to Fargo Fire, firefighters were called to Dunbar Hall on the NDSU campus at 1301 Albrecht Blvd North in Fargo around 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, for the report of a fire alarm. The first crew arrived on scene to find moderate smoke in the basement hallway.
WEST FARGO—Wednesday's announcement that West Fargo public schools superintendent David Flowers will retire next year creates the rare—maybe unprecedented—situation of all three large metro-area public school districts searching for new leaders at the same time.
WEST FARGO—A West Fargo School District task force will soon decide if the community is ready to pass another bond referendum or find other alternatives to keep up with explosive student growth. The district's long-range facility planning task force met for the first time on Tuesday, Nov. 28, to begin looking at ways to deal with the fast-growing district. A similar task force was created before the district passed a $98.1 million bond referendum in 2015.