Moorhead Area Public Schools' District Blog

District receives clean audit report for 2014-15

December 16th, 2015

The Moorhead School Board learned that differences between the original budget, final budget, and actual revenue and expenditures for the 2014-15 school year were close.

Derek Flanagan, Eide Bailly LLP, presented the executive summary of the district’s 2014-15 annual audit report to the board at the Dec. 14 meeting. The report provides an overview of the district’s finances and demonstrates the district’s accountability for the money it receives and spends.

According to the audit, total revenues budgeted were $65.8 million and actual revenue was $65.1 million with a difference of negative 1.1 percent or just over $700,000. The negative variance was due in part to special education aid, which is budgeted conservatively, but this year came in below what was budgeted.

For expenditures the district had budgeted $66.3 million. Actual expenditures were higher at $66.8 million for a difference of about $569,000 or negative 0.9 percent. This negative variance was due to some planned constructions expenses originally budgeted for 2013-14 being moved to the 2014-15 budget. The district, on a cost-per-student basis, continues to spend just below the state average in the areas of administration and regular instruction.

By spending more than budgeted, the district decreased its fund balance by $1.7 million.

The district received a clean, unqualified opinion, which means the financial statements have been prepared using accepted accounting principles and do not contain misstatement.

The complete audit and the executive summary will be available on the district’s website

Red River Area Learning Center students sew dresses, mittens for service learning project

February 3rd, 2015

In January, Red River Area Learning Center students made 23 dresses from pillowcases to be sent to children in Uganda. They also sewed mittens and scarves from donated old sweaters, and they knitted hats to donate locally. Read more.

Horizon Middle School presents the fantastical, magical ‘Seussical The Musical’

February 1st, 2015

Moorhead’s Horizon Middle School presents the heart-warming, kid-friendly story “Seussical The Musical” at 7 p.m. Feb. 26, 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. March 1 at the Moorhead High School auditorium. Reserve tickets online at or by calling the box office at 218-284-2255. Tickets are on sale online beginning Feb. 1. Read more.

Horizon names winners in school Geography Bee

January 28th, 2015

What state bordered by Louisiana to the south and Missouri to the north is the leading producer of rice in the United States? Which state bordered by Montana and South Dakota was first to give women the right to vote? These and other questions challenged Geography Bee winners Jack Entzion and Noah Pederson and the eight other participants in the Horizon Middle School Geography Bee on Jan. 22. Read more.

Area superintendents provide updates on World’s Best Workforce at intergovernmental retreat

January 27th, 2015

Superintendent Lynne Kovash participated with other Clay County superintendents in a panel discussion about the area schools and World’s Best Workforce during the 46th Annual Clay County Joint Powers Intergovernmental Retreat on Jan. 23. Read more.

Opportunities available for parents to learn about Spanish Immersion Program

January 21st, 2015

Parents who are considering enrolling their children in the Moorhead School District’s K-5 Spanish Immersion Program are invited to learn more information about the program by meeting with the principal, speaking to Spanish Immersion parents or visiting the school.

Parents are encouraged to meet with Ryan LaDage, Ellen Hopkins Elementary principal, before or during kindergarten registration. These meetings will provide parents with information about immersion education and the district’s immersion program, with kindergarten at Probstfield Elementary and grades 1-5 located at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School. Parents will also have the opportunity to talk about their child’s specific interests and needs, as well as discuss their questions or concerns.

Parents may also visit Hopkins Elementary to observe the Spanish Immersion classroom. Parents need to call the Hopkins office at 218-284-4300 to schedule their meeting or classroom visit.

A video about the program is available by request through the Hopkins office.

All children in the Moorhead School District entering kindergarten in the fall are eligible to register for the district’s Spanish Immersion Program. A limited number of spaces are available in the first-grade classes.

Students in the immersion program learn the same subject content that other students learn in the elementary school setting. The difference is that the classes are taught in Spanish.

Parents who wish to enroll their 2015-2016 kindergarten-age child in the Spanish Immersion Program should complete kindergarten registration from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 10 and 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead. Parents who are interested in enrolling their first-grade child in the Spanish Immersion Program should contact Ryan LaDage, Hopkins principal.

Eighteen Horizon students compete in District Spelling Bee

January 19th, 2015

Eighteen of the school district’s top spellers in grades 6-8 competed in the Moorhead District Spelling Bee on Jan. 15 at Horizon Middle School. Catherine Myers placed first, Sophie Pepple took second, and Jenna Sagvold was third. Read more.

District taking applications for foundation advisory committee

January 14th, 2015

Moorhead Area Public Schools is developing an education foundation to support district students and staff. The Moorhead Area Public Schools Legacy Fund will be independent of the district, but will work closely with the district and School Board. The district is now taking applications for advisory committee members who will assist in the development of the legacy fund. Read more.

Kindergarten registration for Moorhead Area Public Schools scheduled for Feb. 10-11, 2015

January 13th, 2015

Kindergarten registration for Moorhead Area Public Schools for the 2015-16 school year will be Feb. 10-11, 2015, at Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S. Registration will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Children must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015. Parents should bring a birth certificate, passport, hospital record or baptismal record for proof of age.

Additional information about completing the registration process is included in the kindergarten registration packet that will mail by the end of January.

For more information about kindergarten registration or to request a packet contact the district office at 218-284-3370.

Board hears preliminary facilities task force recommendation

January 6th, 2015

The latest recommendations from the Master Facilities Plan Task Force include adding a fifth- and sixth-grade addition and auditorium to Horizon Middle School and building a new kindergarten through fourth-grade elementary school by 2018. John Pfluger with Cuningham Group presented the current draft of the plan to the Moorhead School Board at a special meeting Jan. 5. Read more.