Schools

United Way Needs Community’s Help to Collect 500 Backpacks for Kids

It's part of their School Supply Drive

FARGO, N.D. — The United Way of Cass-Clay needs the community’s help to collect 6,000 backpacks for their School Supply Drive. They’re just 500 backpacks short of their goal. United Way also needs more donations of scissors and college-ruled notebooks. This is the 20th year of the school supply drive. Last year, United Way collected 58-hundred backpacks for students from 65…

Candidates for Cass County Sheriff Discuss their Platforms Ahead of the Primary Elections

Throughout the next few months, both men are going to continue to show their dedication for Cass County

CASS COUNTY, N.D. — In November Cass County will have a new Sheriff in town and the race is between Jesse Jahner and Mike Kjera. After 20 years with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Jesse Jahner says he is ready to lead the department. “I’d be a voice for the people, the people elect the sheriff so to me it…

Incoming West Fargo Superintendent Talks District Challenges

Beth Slette is no stranger to the school district

WEST FARGO, N.D. — West Fargo Schools has hired Beth Slette to be the next superintendent. “The process of interviewing for superintendent was very overwhelming to me. So the process of finding out that I was being offered the position was very humbling and exciting,” she said. Slette is no stranger to the West Fargo school district. She’s been with them…

New Superintendent of Fargo Public Schools Selected

Rupak Gandhi will start his new job in July

FARGO, N.D. — After a week of interviewing finalists, Fargo Public Schools unanimously voted to hire Rupak Gandhi as the next superintendent. “I’m over the moon. I’m just so energized and exhilarated to be here,” Gandhi said. “My wife and I— to be honest— we were in tears this morning, because we’re so passionate about moving our family to Fargo and…

Candidate for Moorhead Superintendent Arrested

Scott Staska was arrested on charges of indecent exposure

  WAITE PARK, Minn. — A candidate for Moorhead Schools superintendent has removed himself from consideration. He was a finalist until he ended up under arrest. Earlier this week, employees at Kwik Trip in Waite Park told an officer that a man had been exposing himself. According to police, that man is 56 year–old Scott Staska, who’s on administrative leave as…

Teachers Learn to Make a Difference at Healthy Schools Summit

The summit included tips on nutritious food and physical activity

FARGO, N.D. — Over 100 teachers were at the Dakota Medical Foundation’s Healthy Schools Summit to learn how they can make their classrooms healthier for students. “Healthy eating and physical activity are just as important as the reading, writing, and arithmetic in schools,” said Char Heer, a registered dietitian with the Midwest Dairy Council. The theme for the summit was “Ready, Set,…

Students Walk Out of West Fargo High School to Support School Safety

Hundreds of students carry signs, release balloons to commemorate victims of February's Parkland shooting

WEST FARGO, N.D. — At West Fargo High School, many students marched in unison and carried signs reading messages such as “fear has no place in our schools”. At exactly 10 am, hundreds of students marched out the south entrance of West Fargo High School to speak out for change in school safety. “If you don’t take the measures to…

Davies High School Students Planning a Walkout

Fargo students have stoked their flames, standing up for what they believe in

FARGO, N.D. — After the Parkland Florida shooting took the lives of 17 people, students across the country have come together in solidarity. Fargo high school students are following that movement and planning a walkout. “Most of the great movements in history have been started by young people and that fire has been kept burning because of young people,” said…

Gov. Mark Dayton Proposes Safe and Secure School Act

it would provide more safety in schools and funding for more mental health programs

MINNESOTA — Governor Mark Dayton this week announced a $21 million proposal to make Minnesota schools safer. The funding would go towards security enhancements and more mental health services. Dayton’s Safe and Secure School Act even includes support for expelled students to ensure they’re doing well at their alternative schools. Some say Dayton’s plan would especially help schools in rural areas…

United Way Conducts Panel to Raise Awareness of Students’ Mental Health Issues

This was the first year the United Way conducted this panel discussion

FARGO, N.D. — The United Way of Cass–Clay hosted a panel presentation aimed at raising awareness over mental health issues faced by area students. The Student Mental Health Awareness Panel was held at NDSCS–Fargo and is a part of United Way’s Emerging Leaders program. The panel highlights common experiences that could lead to mental health issues. The United Way believes…