NCW School Board Addresses a Variety of Consolidation Topics
Hendrum, MN — The Norman County West School Board held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night, February 16th in Hendrum where they mostly discussed items pertaining to the consolidation process. One of those items included an awkward conversation about how to transition their representation of six school board members to three for the new combined school board for the Ada-Borup West district. However, that process made itself easier as three board members made it known that they would prefer to not be included on the new board, according to Norman County West Superintendent Dr. Jim Hess.
The three board members who indicating they would be willing to step down were Ann Tommerdahl, Matt Nelson, and current board chair Brad Merkens.
As far as staffing goes in the new district, Superintendent Hess indicated that all non-licensed staff would have employment opportunities at Ada-Borup West. Of the 8 full time staff, 3 have indicated they are unsure if they will seek employment in the new district and as of now there will be 5 full time positions.
The Norman County West School Board also got some updates on the future of the facilities, including both the former high school in Halstad and the soon to be vacant elementary in Hendrum. Dr. Hess says they are working closely with the respective cities to get the facilities repurposed.
And Hess recognized the Norman County West board members as next week is National School Board Member Appreciation Week. He indicated that they absolutely deserve recognition for the important and sometimes difficult role they have in their district.
The Norman County West School Board also voted to appoint board member Lucas Spaeth to the Northwest Regional Development Commission.