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Helmut Schmidt, Published November 15 2013

Skramstad to fill open West Fargo School Board seat

WEST FARGO – The West Fargo School Board, meeting as a committee of the whole, has settled on Allan Skramstad to take the board seat vacated by Angela Korsmo.

Skramstad was the unanimous choice of the committee, which met earlier this week after the regular board meeting, School Board President Kay Kiefer said.

The panel included all six of the remaining board members, she said.

It was tough to choose from the four finalists for the board, Kiefer said.

Skramstad “has a great working knowledge of where the district is. He is aware of the district plan,” and knows the demographics and growth issues, she said.

The board officially votes on the recommendation at its Nov. 25 meeting, Kiefer said. Skramstad would then be sworn as a board member and seated.

Skramstad said Thursday he told Kiefer he will accept the post.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

Skramstad, 810 Elmwood Place, West Fargo, is a retiree, but his resume says he’s also president of Aviation Instructor and Management Seminars Inc.

From 2001 to 2008, he was an associate professor for the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. He was also a lecturer and flight instructor at UND for many years.

He also served on the district’s Long Range Facility Planning Committee.

The school district must address housing growth south of Interstate 94 and school boundary changes needed to balance enrollments between buildings, Skramstad said.

He said the district may have to build a third high school in a few years. And a replacement for the L.E. Berger pool must be found to serve the district.

“I know there are going to be some pressing issues that are going to be coming up in the relatively near future,” he said.

Other finalists interviewed were:

E George M. Windus, 6555 45th Ave. S., Fargo.

Windus is an account manager for Microsoft in Fargo.

E Bryan K. Schulz, 449, S. Pond Court E., West Fargo.

Schulz is executive vice president and general manager of the Red River Valley Fair Association in West Fargo.

E Kara Gravley-Stack, 420 West River Road, Horace.

Gravley-Stack is director of diversity initiatives and the LGBTQ program coordinator at North Dakota State University.

“We had a great group of people to choose from,” Kiefer said.

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Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583