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Helmut Schmidt, Published June 25 2012

West Fargo High School principal released from contract

WEST FARGO – Cory Steiner, principal of West Fargo High School, has been given the school board’s OK to be released from his contract for the 2012-13 school year.

The board voted 6-0 Monday to accept the request.

Steiner, who took over the position last year with the retirement of longtime high school Principal Gary Clark, did not indicate in a letter to the board and senior administrators why he wanted to leave.

“I have decided to move in a different direction for personal and professional reasons,” Steiner wrote.

Superintendent David Flowers said he could not comment on the reasons for Steiner’s request to leave the district.

“The timing is not wonderful for finding another principal. So that decision will be made in the coming weeks. We’ll be looking at a variety of options: whether the timing is right to post (the position for hire), whether we should go with an interim (principal at the high school),” Flowers said.

In other business, the board:

• Voted 6-0 to commit the school district to paying a third of the cost of hiring a consultant to study the feasibility of building and running a community center and aquatics facility.

The City Commission and park district have also approved the study, which could cost up to $60,000.

The park district will handle the process to pick the consultant with input from the city and school district.

Both the district’s indoor pool at L.E. Berger Elementary and the outdoor Veterans Memorial Pool are aging and overburdened, board members agreed.

Proposals for a facility have run the gamut in cost from $16 million to $22.4 million, depending on the amenities sought, school board materials show.

Funding sources considered so far include: a half-cent sales tax; a fundraising campaign by a private citizen group; potential capital contribution from the park district for an outdoor recreational pool; a potential capital contribution for an indoor competitive pool from the school district.

• Voted 5-1 to approve $96,911 in change orders to the Sheyenne High School/Liberty Middle School site, primarily on the baseball and softball diamonds.

The changes include adding a 170-foot-long section of 40-foot netting between the dugouts on the baseball diamond for $58,500, and 25-foot netting for the softball diamond for $30,185.

Board President Ben Koppelman voted against the measure.

Board member Angela Korsmo was not present.

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