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Helmut Schmidt, Published December 03 2012

West Fargo's Flowers named North Dakota Superintendent of the Year

BISMARCK – David Flowers, superintendent for the West Fargo School District, today was named the state’s Superintendent of the Year by the North Dakota Association of School Administrators.

Flowers will now be considered with other states’ winners for National Superintendent of the Year honors.

“When a community is at a point like West Fargo is, we really need leaders” who understand the issues and the community, said Kay Kiefer, president of the West Fargo School Board. “Dr. Flowers has proven he’s the man for the job.”

Kiefer said her district has scrambled to keep up with enrollment growth.

While guiding the process of building new schools, Kiefer said, Flowers healed rifts between teachers, administrators and the school board. He’s also been a strong advocate for students and a trusted leader in the community.

“I have been so impressed with the way this man sincerely listens to the people around him,” Kiefer said.

The superintendent of the year program is co-sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators, ARAMARK Education and ING.

Flowers will be honored with other finalists in Los Angeles in February.

Flowers has an associate of arts degree from Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kan. (1971).

At Kansas State University, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education in 1973; a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 1976 and a doctorate in administration and foundations in 1983.

Flowers’ school administration career began in 1979 as an associate superintendent in Geary County, Kan.

In 1994, he went on to serve as deputy superintendent and interim superintendent for the Ann Arbor (Mich.) School District.

In 1999, he became superintendent for the Fargo School District. In 2007, he became superintendent for the Hutchinson (Kan.) School District.

He was hired as superintendent for West Fargo’s schools in 2010.

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