Fargo Public Schools, North Dakota

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Fargo Public Schools
Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Jeffrey M. Schatz
Graduation rate:82.0%[2]
Number of schools:20
Budget: $135.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Dinah Goldenberg
Board members:9
Term length:4
Fargo Public Schools is a school district in North Dakota that served 10,609 students during the 2010-2011 school year. The first school session in Fargo was held in 1872 in a log cabin with the first dedicated school building constructed in 1875.[3] The district's graduation rank declined from 84.9% in 2010 to 82% in 2012.[2] Fargo Public Schools is the second-largest school district in North Dakota.

About the district

Fargo Public Schools is located in Cass County, North Dakota
Fargo Public Schools is located in Fargo, North Dakota, the county seat of Cass County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Fargo is home to 109,779 residents.[4]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Fargo(%) North Dakota (%)
White 90.2 90.0
Black or African American 2.7 1.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 5.4
Asian 3.0 1.0
Two or More Races 2.1 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 2.2 2.0

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.[5]


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.[6]

School board

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
Linda Boyd 2010 2014
Dinah Goldenberg 2006 2014
Jim Johnson 2001 2016
Paul Meyers 2000 2016
Robin Nelson 2003 2016
Rusty Papachek 2010 2014
Rick Steen 2002 2014
John Strand 2008 2016
Kris Wallman 2010 2014

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), [8]


Fargo Public Schools publishes annual budgets on its website.[9]

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
2011-2012 $94,463,808 73.3% $6,386,032 5% $8,488,323 6.6% $0 0% $14,240,487 11.1% $128,855,552
2012-2013 $97,500,643 77.6% $6,308,993 5% $6,691,869 5.3% $0 0% $9,508,576 7.6% $125,706,938
2013-2014 $102,871,691 75.6% $13,030,545 9.6% $9,811,650 7.2% $0 0% $10,278,949 7.6% $135,992,835
Averages: $98,278,714 75% $8,575,190 7% $8,330,614 6% $0 0% $11,342,670.67 9% $130,185,108.33

Teacher salaries

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:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 38,045 46,588
B.A. + 15 38,231 49,560
B.A. + 30 38,416 57,360
B.A. + 45 38,788 59,589
MA 39,159 60,332
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.[1]

District schools

The district operates 20 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

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

Academic performance

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:[12]

District Reading Scores, 2012-2013
Category State goal (%) District result (%)
Economically disadvantaged 89.1 58.4
White 89.1 78.3
Native American 89.0 59.0
Black 89.0 52.3
Asian 89.1 73.2
Hispanic 89.1 60.5
Students with disabilities 89.1 52.2
Students with limited English proficiency 89.0 40.4
Total 89.1 75.4

District Math Scores, 2012-2013
Category State goal (%) District result (%)
Economically disadvantaged 83.5 64.0
White 83.5 83.7
Native American 83.5 61.0
Black 83.5 57.1
Asian 83.5 77.3
Hispanic 83.5 65.4
Students with disabilities 83.5 57.3
Students with limited English proficiency 83.5 48.5
Total 83.5 80.2

Contact information

Fargo Public Schools logo.jpg
Fargo Public Schools
415 North 4th Street
Fargo, ND 58102
Phone: (701) 446-1000

See also

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