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Helmut Schmidt, Published October 14 2013

Korsmo resigning from West Fargo School Board

WEST FARGO – Longtime West Fargo School Board member Angela Korsmo is resigning her post, effective Nov. 1.

Korsmo, who has served 16 years on the board, said she now spends winters in Florida and can’t be at many board meetings in person during that time.

The board must now begin a process to replace her for the rest of her term, which ends June 30, 2014.

Korsmo retired a year ago as assistant to the vice president for regional clinics at Sanford Health. She then spent much of last winter in Florida, attending five school board meetings by teleconferencing.

She decided that the job needed someone who could be at meetings in person.

“It was not easy, but it was the right thing to do,” Korsmo said Friday.

Board President Kay Kiefer described Korsmo as an “extremely sensible voice” on the school board.

“I think it’s a great loss for the school board and the school district,” Kiefer said.

“With her length of tenure on the board, she’s been able to provide good history,” Kiefer said. “We’re going to miss her. … (And) we wish her the very best.”

Korsmo has had ties to education throughout much of her life, including teaching high school for a time and working overseas as an English as a foreign language teacher.

“I think I will miss being immersed in the whole education picture,” she said, adding that she’ll also miss working with her fellow board members.

“I have had the honor and the pleasure of working with some pretty impressive people,” she said.

Korsmo is a past president of the North Dakota School Board’s Association, and served six-years on the state’s Education Standards and Practices Board.

Her advice for her replacement:

“Always put the kids first in any decisions you make. You can’t make good educational decisions based just alone on finances,” Korsmo said.

The board will decide how it will choose someone to replace Korsmo at today’s meeting.

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