Fargo Public Schools, North Dakota
|Fargo Public Schools|
|Fargo, North Dakota|
|Superintendent:||Jeffrey M. Schatz|
|Number of schools:||20|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Dinah Goldenberg|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Fargo Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtFargo, North Dakota, the county seat of Cass County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Fargo is home to 109,779 residents.
Fargo outperformed in comparison to the rest of North Dakota in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 39.0 percent of Fargo residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.1 percent for North Dakota as a whole. The median household income in Fargo was $44,304 compared to $51,641 for the state of North Dakota. The poverty rate in Fargo was 16.0 percent compared to 12.1 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
The superintendent of Fargo Public Schools is Jeffrey M. Schatz as of April 15, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2012. Schatz previously worked as a teacher and principal with Grand Forks Public Schools from 1988 to 2009.
The Fargo Board of Education consists of nine members elected at-large to four-year terms.
|Fargo Board of Education|
|Member||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
School board elections
- See also: Fargo Public Schools elections (2014)
Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats were up for election on June 10, 2014 and four seats will be on the ballot in June 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings as of April 2014:
The Board of Education of the City of Fargo meets in regular session on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month except in July and December when one meeting is held on the second Tuesday. Meetings usually begin at 5:30 p.m. and are held in the Board Room on the first floor of the District Office located at 415 North 4th Street, Fargo, North Dakota.
Citizens who would like to address the Board of Education may do so during the Recognition of Audience portion of each regular meeting agenda. Those desiring to address the Board must sign up in advance of the meeting on the sheet outside of the Board Room. Each citizen who signs up to address the Board will be asked to state their name and address for the record. Speakers are asked to refrain from using this forum to criticize or complain about a specific employee by name. The Board is interested in hearing citizen comments and will listen carefully, but is not obligated to respond to or debate issues in this forum. Each speaker will be allotted a certain amount of time to address the Board.
—Fargo Public Schools website, (2014), 
Fargo Public Schools publishes annual budgets on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teacher salaries at Fargo Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|B.A. + 15||38,231||49,560|
|B.A. + 30||38,416||57,360|
|B.A. + 45||38,788||59,589|
|MA + 15||41,017||63,304|
|MA + 30||42,874||67,018|
|MA + 45||44,731||72,961|
Schools in Fargo Public Schools
Fargo Public Schools served 10,609 students during the 2010-11 school year.
The district operates 20 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Fargo Public Schools|
|Ben Franklin Middle School|
|Bennett Elementary School|
|Carl Ben Eielson Middle School|
|Centennial Elementary School|
|Clara Barton Hawthorne Elementary School|
|Davies High School|
|Discovery Middle School|
|Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary School|
|Jefferson Elementary School|
|Kennedy Elementary School|
|Lewis & Clark Elementary School|
|Lincoln Elementary School|
|Longfellow Elementary School|
|Madison Elementary School|
|McKinley Elementary School|
|North High School|
|South High School|
|Trollwood Performing Arts School|
|Washington Elementary School|
|Woodrow Wilson High School|
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction conducts annual testing to determine student proficiency in reading and math. Each district receives an annual report card comparing annual testing performance with benchmarks established by state education officials to comply with federal standards under the No Child Left Behind Act. The annual report also assesses whether a district has met the state's benchmarks for attendance and graduation rates.
Fargo Public Schools did not meet the state's Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals for the 2012-2013 school year. The state report card found that district students achieved a 93% attendance rate compared to the state benchmark of 95%. The district's 88.1% graduation rate fell below the state goal of 89%. The table below detail district performance on math and reading tests during the 2012-2013 school year:
- North Dakota
- List of school districts in North Dakota
- Fargo Public Schools elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Fargo Public Schools
- City of Fargo
- North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
- North Dakota School Boards Association
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 11, 2014
- North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, "Graduation," accessed April 15, 2014
- Fargo Public Schools, "District Focus 2012-2013," accessed April 15, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Fargo, North Dakota," accessed April 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Fargo Public Schools, "Superintendent Profile," accessed April 15, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Fargo Public Schools, "Board Meetings," accessed April 17, 2014
- Fargo Public Schools, "Financial Documents," accessed November 22, 2013
- Fargo Public Schools, "Teacher Salary Schedule Matrix," accessed April 17, 2014
- Fargo Public Schools, "Schools," accessed April 15, 2014
- North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, "Annual Adequate Yearly Progress Report," May 5, 2013