THE DIRT Board meeting
On Thursday after work Trevor and I left town so I could attend a Friday meeting of the MN State Master Gardener Advisory Board at the arboretum.
The meetings are always interesting, and the people a... Posted on 4/23/12 at 9:13 AM
SLOWINGTHERACINGMIND Board Games of Christmas
It's the last day of the year...that makes this a double posting day!
Our family loves board games. We love to spend time playing them, but we also love finding new ones for each other. This has beco... Posted on 12/31/11 at 1:30 PM
STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Today's Ask Your Government
I have a question for your column: In visiting a local drugstore in Fargo recently, I saw signs saying they could not honor the sales price for milk posted in their corporation's national ... Posted on 7/9/11 at 8:21 PM
STAFF BLOG EVERYTHING ELSE BY FORUM REPORTER J. SHANE MERCER Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod adopts four restructuring proposals
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod adopted "four proposals on synod structure and governance ... including a sweeping proposal that reduced the Synod's seven program boards to two elected... Posted on 7/19/10 at 4:02 AM
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is investigating a possible second violation of open meeting laws by the State Board of Higher Education after hearing accounts of a March 6 dinner meeting that contradict what he was told by a North Dakota University System official.
Ryan Johnson, Forum News Service
, April 23, 2013
After a third attempt, Senate lawmakers successfully passed a resolution proposing a constitutional change to remove the State Board of Higher Education and replace it with a full-time three-member committee.
With fiscal affairs amuck, North Dakota higher education is experiencing its third major scandal since statehood. A recent audit indicated that big dollars may have been spent without authority at the state’s two largest universities.
In 1937, Governor William Langer, acting through his Board of Administration, arbitrarily fired the president and four deans at NDSU. The action so enraged the alumni that they initiated a constitutional amendment to create an independent board of higher education to “control and administer” the state’s institutions. It was adopted in the June 1938 primary.
A committee of North Dakota’s State Investment Board decided Thursday to revise the scope of the audit ordered after the state investment director’s suicide last month.
The revised specifications now call for a performance audit based on standards recommended by state auditors, said Rebecca Dorwart, chairwoman of the board’s audit committee.
By Patrick Springer, Forum Communications Co.
, May 21, 2010
It seems to me that the complaints by a few citizens against the Jamestown Public School District for allowing an educational Worldview Weekend Seminar to be held in a school facility are immature and unjustified.
People with a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and a loving desire to serve our creator would not object to a Christian religious meeting held in any public facility. But, if I understand everything correctly, no student could attend without a permission note from the parents, so I think the school policy is fair and just to protect non-Christian parents from exposing their son or daughter to a philosophy that they think is not good for them to hear.
The Jamestown Public School Board will consider a change in its rental of buildings policy after a religiously affiliated conference recently rented the Jamestown High School theater during school hours.
Some parents disagreed such a program should be allowed at the school at all or at least while classes were in session. One addressed the board at its regular meeting Monday.
The West Fargo School Board has been named a Muzzle Award recipient by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression.
The award, which is handed out for what the Jefferson Center sees as “egregious or ridiculous affronts to the First Amendment right of free speech,” went to the West Fargo School Board for its handling of a matter involving high school English teacher Jeremy Murphy, who last year lost his role as advisor to the high school newspaper.
Forum Communications Co. report
, April 14, 2010
The Jamestown Public School Board approved a financing option intended to save taxpayers about $2.8 million at its regular meeting Monday.
The board approved selling bonds from the Jamestown High School and Middle School projects. The plan knocks off four years of payments, said Myron Knutson, who advises schools on bond issues and indebtedness. The district will pay off the bonds by 2017 rather than 2021, saving a $100,000 homeowner about $96 a year for each of the four years.
Future budget proposals for North Dakota’s university system will include financial incentives for colleges that meet new achievement benchmarks being drawn up by the Board of Higher Education, two members said Tuesday.
Richie Smith, the board’s president, and Jon Backes, its vice president, told the Legislature’s interim higher education committee that the program’s standards will be developed during the next two years for the system’s 11 public colleges.
By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, March 03, 2010
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