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Charly Haley, Published December 27 2012

Fargo native is Alaska's principal of the year

KALSKAG, Alaska – At this fly-in community with few resources, a Fargo native became Alaska’s 2012 principal of the year.

Greg Wohlman, who grad-uated from Fargo North High School in 1991, is principal of the three Kal-skag schools, overseeing 139 students.

He felt honored to be recognized as Alaska’s principal of the year.

“It helps recognize all the hard work my staff does and all the hard work the kids do,” Wohlman said. “It just says a lot about the positivity happening in education here.”

The elementary school is from pre-K to third grade, the middle school is fourth grade through sixth grade, and the high school is seventh grade through 12th grade. Wohlman said the three schools are within a few miles of each other, connected by a gravel road.

Wohlman said his staff sometimes works 50 to 80 hours per week, especially because the small town of Kalskag doesn’t have many public services, like school counselors.

He describes Kalskag as a fly-in community because it doesn’t have many immediate resources and most things are imported.

Before working in Kal-skag, Wohlman went to college in Texas and Colorado and taught in Pelican Rapids, Minn., and Las Vegas.

He said it was definitely a culture shift when he moved to Kalskag in 2008.

“The way you’d deal with problems in Fargo would not always work here, due to the lack of resources,” he said.

Wohlman still has family members in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Charly Haley at (701) 235-7311

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