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Published April 30 2010

West Fargo to name new superintendent

West Fargo school officials will name a new superintendent today.

The decision was initially slated for mid-May, but two out-of-state finalists asked the school board to push up the decision to give their districts time to find a replacement.

“I think we’ll be ready,” School Board Vice President Karen Nitzkorski said Thursday. “We’ve put a lot of thought into it. I think we’ll try to come to a unanimous decision.”

The three finalists – Hutchinson (Kan.) Superintendent David Flowers, Perham-Dent (Minn.) Superintendent Tamara Uselman and West Fargo Assistant Superintendent Louise Dardis – met with principals, students, teachers and community members this past week.

The school board will meet at 9:30 a.m. today at the district office, the Leidal Education Center, to name Superintendent Dana Diesel Wallace’s successor.

It will be a “tough talk,” School Board President Tom Gentzkow said.

The seven-member board will narrow the three finalists to two and then to one finalist. Nitzkorski said it could take up to two hours to make a final decision.

Board members will consider their interviews with the three candidates, Gentzkow said, as well as how each candidate interacted with the district staff, students and community members.

“It’s a win-win for everybody, whoever we select,” he said. “They’re exceptional candidates.”

Diesel Wallace, whose last day is June 30, is leaving the district after four years, citing “new opportunities.”


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