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School board recognized this week [UPDATED]

Published 10:11am Thursday, February 20, 2014 Updated 12:13pm Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Fergus Falls School District will join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Minnesota’s annual School Board Recognition Week (February 17-21).

The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Minnesota’s school board members, including the Fergus Falls Public School Board, who are charged with governing public education under state law.

Minnesota school board members are chosen by their communities through election or appointment to manage local schools.

They oversee multimillion-dollar budgets, which fund education programs for more than 825,000 students in approximately 2,000 schools.

Their personnel decisions affect more than 52,000 teachers and thousands of administrators and support workers.

These elected leaders also are responsible for formulating school district policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law.

Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.

Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education in our community.

We salute the public servants of the Fergus Falls School Board – Tarma Carlson, Melanie Cole, Angela Fiedler, Jeff Hohrman, Matt Lemke, and Darrel Tungseth — whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible.

Please join me by saying thank you to our local school board members during Minnesota’s School Board Recognition Week.


Special Olympics

Last Thursday, Kennedy Secondary School hosted the events for the area Special Olympics.

Perham, Pelican Rapids, and Fergus Falls all enjoyed a wonderful day competing in basketball.

The day began with the pep band playing, followed by the parade of teams with the color guard presenting the flag.

Contestants challenged their skills against others during individual drills, along with a day filled with team games.

The teams were made up of junior and adult divisions who played both full court and 3-on-3, half-court games.

Players from the boys’ and girls’ Otter basketball teams, members from the National Honor Society, along with many adults volunteered throughout the event. It was a great day.

MS Student Council

collects quarters for Haiti

The Middle School Student Council, along with teachers Mrs. Shol and Mrs. Erickson, are organizing a donation of school supplies for an orphanage in Haiti.

A Fergus Falls family plans to travel to the orphanage to bring them the supplies. If you’d like to donate, please contact the Middle School office at 218-998-0544.

The contest runs from Feb. 10-21.

Congratulations to the Middle School Student Council on this outstanding service project.


Middle School play staged

The Fergus Falls Middle School Drama Club performed Jurassic Park and Wreck on Feb. 13-14 in the Kennedy Secondary Auditorium.

The play was directed by Josh Noble and assisted by stage directors, Katie Petersen and Brandon Hill.

The cast included Arianna Soydara, Alesha Ouren, Maddiey Weinrich, Brianna Castle, Tabi Smith, Isaac Grindstaff, Jacob Upthegrove, Tommy Bowman, Bradley Moore, Luke Newkirk, Kailyn Richey, Layne Smith, Naomi Beske, Nic Hohrman, Isabel Hoffbeck, and Lauren Schiefert. Seth Edman, Leo Segura, and KSS Media Center instructor Roy Anderson handled the lights and sound.

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