Eighteen people have been selected to serve on the newly formed state K-12 Education Coordinating Council.
Gov. Doug Burgum's Innovative Education Task Force recommended the council be formed to "promote collaboration across all K-12 education entities in North Dakota," according to the governor's office. Senate Bill 2215, which the Legislature passed this year, established the council.
The council's duties include identifying collaboration opportunities among state education entities and stakeholders, reviewing the effectiveness and efficiency of access and delivery of education services, and evaluating education trends and recommending policy changes.
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The members are:
- Nick Archuleta, president of North Dakota United
- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler
- Aimee Copas, president of the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders
- Sen. Kyle Davison, R-Fargo
- Brandt Dick, director for North Dakota Small Organized Schools
- Brian Duchscherer, president of the State Board for Career and Technical Education
- Wayne Fox, tribal school representative and White Shield superintendent
- Rupak Gandhi, superintendent of Fargo Public Schools
- Rep. Pat Heinert, R-Bismarck
- Kevin Hoherz, principal at Dickinson High School
- Philip Leitner, president of the North Dakota School Counselor Association
- Sen. Erin Oban, D- Bismarck
- Luke Schaefer, executive director of the Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative and Missouri River Education Cooperative
- Michelle Strand, teacher representative
- Holly Stromsodt, president of the North Dakota School Boards Association
- Melissa Vollmer, Peace Garden Special Education Unit
- Jennifer Weber, Statewide Longitudinal Data System Committee
The group's first meeting is scheduled for Sept. 30.