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Department of Education approves district’s proposed construction projects

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Moorhead Area Public Schools received approval last month from the Minnesota Department of Education for three proposed construction projects.

In November 2013, the School Board approved nine facilities recommendations, including a new track and artificial turf at Moorhead High School and additions to Robert Asp Elementary and Probstfield Center for Education, with construction to begin in the spring of 2014 for all projects.

The positive review and comment from the Commissioner of Education for the Moorhead High, Robert Asp and Probstfield projects judges the proposed construction projects to be educationally and economically advisable. The Moorhead School Board accepted the review and comment statement at the Feb. 24 meeting.

Although estimated costs for the projects have risen slightly since November, the impact on taxpayers will be offset because the Moorhead School Board refinanced some of the district’s long-term debt in January to save approximately $3.8 million in interest payments over seven years.

Replacing the track and installing an artificial turf field at Moorhead High School was originally estimated to be $1.54 million. This was later adjusted to $1.87 million. However, at the March 10 board meeting, the School Board accepted the bids for the project with costs coming in more than $200,000 below earlier estimates. Work is scheduled to begin this spring with a goal of having the new field ready for the Spuds to play football on in the fall, said Jeremy Larson, interim assistant superintendent.

The 11,000-square-foot Robert Asp addition is estimated to cost $2.3 million, which will be paid using the lease levy, and will address a critical shortage of physical education space at Robert Asp Elementary and provide for more equitable elementary school facilities.

The Probstfield Center 20,100-square-foot addition will include eight classrooms and a gymnasium to address the need for elementary classrooms beginning with the 2014-15 school year and gymnasium space issues. It will cost approximately $4.3 million and will be paid for using the district’s lease levy and existing district funds. Costs will rise for this project because another 1,000 square feet of space is needed, Larson said.

Using lease levy financing of about $5 million to pay for part of the Probstfield and Robert Asp additions will have an estimated tax impact of $27 per year on a $200,000 home. The district’s payments would be approximately $439,000 a year, Larson said.

However, the district’s refunding of its long-term debt will reduce payments on the bonds by an average of $550,000 per year for fiscal years 2016 through 2022, which reduces the district’s property tax levies.

Moorhead High chemistry teacher named 2014 Moorhead Teacher of the Year

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Moorhead High chemistry teacher Jana Kasper grew up in a teaching family and tried for her first years of college to not be a teacher. She knew teaching could mean long hours and work at home, and she thought she was going to do something different.

It was her love of working with kids and the challenge that each year brings with a new set of students that drew her to teaching.

Kasper, who has taught at Moorhead High School for the last 27 years, has been named the 2014 Moorhead Teacher of the Year by the Education Moorhead Communications Committee. Read the article at

Wrestling team advances to state for second straight year

Monday, February 24th, 2014

The Moorhead High School wrestling team, coached by Skip Toops, has advanced to the state tournament for the second year in a row. Last year the team won its first section title since 1981. Read the article at

Spud hockey players read to kindergarten students

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Moorhead High School boys hockey team members read to Moorhead kindergartners last month as part of a program developed by Jon Ammerman, boys hockey head coach. Read the article at

Moorhead High Economics Challenge team advances to state finals

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Moorhead High School’s Economics Challenge team placed second in the Adam Smith (Advanced Placement) division at the 25th Heartland Economics Challenge on Feb. 20 at St. Cloud State University. The team advances to the state finals on April 7 at the Federal Reserve in Minneapolis.

Team members are Mary Overby, Connor Neill, Allison Matney and Elizabeth Johnson, and advisor is Michael Kieselbach.

Moorhead Area Education Foundation sponsors phonathon

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Moorhead Area Education Foundation will sponsor the 23rd annual MAEF Phonathon from 6:30-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, February 24 and 25, 2014, in the New Commons area of Moorhead High School.

Last year, more 75 Moorhead High School students gathered 585 pledges totaling $20,381. This year, students have a goal of raising $25,000, all of which will be used for scholarships in 2014.

The Phonathon is the major fundraiser for the Moorhead Area Education Foundation. Other funds come from businesses, service clubs, and individual contributions, plus interest from the MAEF Endowment Fund. The funds raised in 2013 allowed MAEF to award $100,245 to 73 graduates. Since the first scholarships were given in 1991, a total of $1,228,295 has been awarded to 1,462 graduates of Moorhead High School.

The mission of the Moorhead Area Education Foundation is to raise money and receive gifts of money or property to enhance educational programs for students in Independent School District 152. The Foundation provides scholarships for post-secondary education and grants for innovative education enhancement projects in classrooms district-wide.

For more information visit the Moorhead Area Education Foundation section of the district’s website at or email

Moorhead High School graduate earned perfect Advanced Placement exam score

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Moorhead High School graduate Matthew Lillehaugen was one of only 33 students in the world to earn a perfect score on his Advanced Placement Microeconomics exam in spring 2013. Lillehaugen answered every multiple-choice question correctly and earned the maximum scores on each of the essays in the free-response section of the exam. In total, 67,682 students took the AP Microeconomics Exam in 2013. Read the full story at

Moorhead High Bully Stompers speak out against bullying

Monday, November 25th, 2013

In October, Horizon Middle School seventh-grade students heard presentations that left some of the students in tears. The personal stories shared by the Bully Stompers, a group of Moorhead High School SADD members, may have been difficult to listen to, but also brought to life some of the effects of bullying. Read the full story at

Moorhead High School theater’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” continues

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

This November, Moorhead High School theater presents the musical theater classic “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Remaining performances of “Jesus Christ Superstar” are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22-24 and 29-30 at Moorhead High School. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased by calling the Moorhead High Activities Office at 218-284-2345 or online at This musical may not be appropriate for young children.

Based on a concept album written more than 40 years ago by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, “Jesus Christ Superstar” tells the story of the final seven days in the life of Jesus Christ through the troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot. The show is a musical theater staple, and features memorable songs such as “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Everything’s Alright” and “Hosanna.”

Moorhead High’s production is directed by Rebecca Meyer-Larson. “I am excited to bring this classic-rock opera to the Moorhead High stage and thrilled to present with a modern political edge,” Meyer-Larson said. “The electrifying score has energized rehearsals and the culturally significant story has provided rich educational opportunities for our artists.”

Moorhead High’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” is set in the paparazzi fueled ‘90s and features a 25-person pit orchestra. More than 120 young artists are involved in bringing the production to the stage.


Moorhead High School’s musical theater department has been awarded the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Musical Theater Award for Production Excellence in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

School Board approves nine facilities recommendations

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

The Moorhead School Board unanimously approved nine short- and long-term facilities recommendations at the Nov. 12 board meeting, including additions at Robert Asp Elementary and Probstfield Center for Education with construction to begin in the spring of 2014 for both projects. Read the full story at