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Published April 21 2010

West Fargo School Board interviews Dardis

After being West Fargo’s assistant superintendent for 11 years, Louise Dardis said Tuesday she’s ready to take on the top school spot.

“I don’t know that I see it as a challenge; I think it’s a totally different role,” she told the school board. “And I think I have the skills to handle that role.”

She was the final candidate of four to be interviewed by the school board to be the district’s next superintendent.

She vowed, if chosen, that she’d improve communication in the district, be visible in schools and the community and bring collaboration to discussions on the district’s next referendum.

She said moving from second-in-command to the top spot would require more delegation, communication to the public and visibility in the community.

“I think the superintendent position is critical to take our district … to the next level,” she said. “I’m committed to this district.”

Dardis has worked as a teacher, principal and administrator in West Fargo the past 31 years of her 35-year educational career.

The 56-year-old was a semifinalist in the district’s last superintendent search in 2006, and was a Fargo superintendent candidate in 2007.

“I have seen almost every facet of the district, you name it,” she said. “I feel I have the experience and personal skill to take our district to the next level.”

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