School Boards Hold Second Joint Meeting

School Board members from Moorhead, Fargo and West Fargo received an update on the on-time graduation initiative during the districts’ second joint board meeting on March 21 at Bluestem Center for the Arts.

Dr. Lynne Kovash, Moorhead superintendent, Dr. Rick Buresh, Fargo superintendent, Dr. David Flowers, West Fargo superintendent, and Tom Hill, United Way, shared the work being done related to on-time graduation rates. The districts have identified on-time graduation as a community-wide concern, and the three School Boards passed a joint resolution last April.

Efforts to improve graduation rates will focus on preschool literacy and family engagement. The five community strategies for students are: enter school ready to learn, read proficiently by the end of third grade, transition successfully between elementary and middle school and middle and high school, graduate from high school on time, and graduate career and college-ready.

The School Boards and administrators discussed setting a community-wide goal for graduation and a measure for graduation rates, acknowledging the difficulty in measuring graduation rates the same way in all three districts.