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Kelly Smith, Published March 13 2009

Fargo Superintendent Rick Buresh gets A from School Board

As his second year wraps up, the Fargo School Board commended Superintendent Rick Buresh, expressing its “very high satisfaction” with the district leader Thursday.

Board members commended the superintendent for his leadership – with all of the nine board members calling his work satisfactory at this week’s board meeting, which was rescheduled Thursday due to Tuesday’s blizzard.

“I’m just very pleased to have this position,” Buresh told them. “It’s just a very gratifying experience.”

The evaluation is required of all school districts by March 15, according to state law.

Fargo elementary and high school students will see some good news, too, in some improvements with two of the district’s schools – projects the board approved Thursday.

The board unanimously approved bids for work on remodeling Lewis and Clark Elementary. Board members Rick Steen and Paul Meyers were not present for the vote.

The plan aims to relocate the elementary school’s library, kitchen and lunchroom.

Most work is slated to begin when school gets out, with plans to wrap it up in time for fall. Though work on the perimeter could begin sooner, board member Jim Johnson said.

The board also approved $473,625 for bids to install more than 35,000 square feet of terrazzo flooring at Davies High School, covering high-traffic areas such as entrances, cafeteria and locker hallways.

“It has an incredible lifespan … so it never has to be replaced,” Johnson said about the district’s choice to use the more expensive flooring rather than carpet.

Carpet may need to be replaced every six years, he added, whereas this poured-in-place terrazzo flooring should last the district 50 to 60 years.

Also concerning Davies, the Building Authority met before Thursday’s meeting to approve the

$3.4 million bonds for construction on the outdoor pool at the new high school. The park district will, in turn, lease the pool from the school district, essentially paying that $3.4 million back, Johnson explained.

John Strand was the only board member present to oppose the motion.

The next meeting is scheduled for March 24.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kelly Smith at (701) 241-5515