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Todd Fuchs, West Fargo, Published September 04 2012

Letter: Kirsten Baesler prepared for job

As a member of the committee that worked hard to get the “Vote Yes for West Fargo Schools” bond measure passed, and in light of last week’s West Fargo School Board debate on starting construction of another elementary school in West Fargo, I feel compelled to write a thank-you to The Forum for the recent article about Kirsten Baesler’s plans for the state Department of Public Instruction.

It was easy to see that even though Baesler is new to the statewide political scene, she is not new to education issues or identifying the needs of our state’s students. It was refreshing to see common-sense ideas presented and to hear that our state legislative leaders are eager to work with her as our new superintendent and will support the ideas she presented:

• By changing the formula for how school districts receive state funding, she puts the money where it’s needed, when it is needed.

• By challenging schools to use student high school course scores along with ACT scores, she creates a better system of assessing college readiness and identifying weaknesses.

• By offering grants to school districts for pilot college prep courses, she keeps local school control, while ensuring the success of all our students across the state.

As we continue to see unprecedented growth in the Fargo/West Fargo area, and across our state, we need leaders like Baesler.

We may not be able to build schools fast enough to keep up with our growing student population, but we can ensure that the quality of education we offer in the schools we have continues to keep pace with the needs and growth of our students.