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Helmut Schmidt, Published December 15 2010

Fargo superintendent gets praise, positive review

If Fargo School Superintendent Rick Buresh’s latest evaluation was a report card, he might be sporting all A’s.

All nine school board members graded his work as “satisfactory” in his formative evaluation, and the praise flowed freely in written comments released Tuesday.

“Dr. Buresh continues to earn and maintain a very high level of trust with the board and with his team members and staff. This past year has been challenging in some regards and Dr. Buresh continues forward, unruffled, calm and on task,” John Strand wrote.

“Dr. Buresh exhibits an unfailingly calm demeanor, absolute professionalism, and a wise and thoughtful approach to his work. His comprehensive knowledge of his profession as well as the relationships he has nurtured in western North Dakota are valuable assets to our district,” Linda Coates wrote.

As far as asking him to redirect his efforts, there was little to add.

“Stay the course – all is well,” wrote Robin Nelson.

Though Strand suggested more emphasis on budget issues.

“I very much would like to see a more proactive approach to creating a successful culture of cost containment and waste reduction,” he wrote.

Buresh was gratified by the review.

“I very much appreciate the vote of confidence you have given me,” he said.

The formative evaluation, one of two evaluations required annually by state law, must be submitted by Dec. 15. A summative evaluation is due March 15.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583