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Forum staff reports, Published May 10 2013

West Fargo School District names two assistant superintendents

WEST FARGO – The West Fargo School District has named separate assistant superintendents for the elementary and secondary schools as part of a restructuring of top-level administration.

Beth Slette will be assistant superintendent of elementary curriculum and instruction, while Allen Burgad will be assistant superintendent of secondary curriculum and instruction, Superintendent David Flowers announced Friday.

Burgad has served as the superintendent of schools for Northern Cass School District since 2004.

He has also taught at Valley City (N.D.) State University and North Dakota State University.

Burgad was in Stanley (N.D.) Community Schools as a principal from 1994-99 and as superintendent from 1999-2004.

He has a bachelor’s degree in education from Valley City State, a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Mary and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota.

Slette has been director of assessments and federal programs for the district since 2011.

She started in the district in 1994 as a teacher at Harwood Elementary School. In 2004, she became an assistant principal at Cheney Middle School, then took over as principal at Westside Elementary School in 2007.

She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a master’s in educational leadership from NDSU.

The two assistant superintendent positions were created with School Board approval by combining: the assistant superintendent spot vacated by the retirement of Louise Dardis; the ending of the director of assessments and federal programs post; and the forfeiture of the recently approved but never-hired director of strategic initiatives post.

The school board will vote on the recommended contracts Monday.

Slette and Burgad take on their new roles July 1.

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