WEST FARGO — A lot more than a few weeks after it voted to insert a district-broad pursuits director placement, West Fargo Community Schools has produced a retain the services of.
Logan Midthun will think the new position Friday, the college district introduced Wednesday early morning. Midthun formerly served as the dean of college students and pursuits director at Horace Substantial School, which opened in 2021.
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The West Fargo School Board
voted to increase the situation as portion of a staffing ask for
at a exclusive meeting held June 6, citing ongoing expansion in North Dakota’s 2nd-biggest school district among the other speaking factors.
“Our whole local community values pupil engagement, whether that is by way of wonderful arts, cocurricular golf equipment, or athletics,” district superintendent Beth Slette stated in a news release. “I am happy of our Board for viewing the addition of this placement as the following move in our journey of delivering equitable engagement possibilities for all learners.”
Midthun reported when the position was at first posted by the college district, it was an option he couldn’t resist.
“I imagine this is a pretty unique prospect that I felt was far too great to move up,” Midthun reported. “There is not several district Ad positions that turn into open up — there is really only 3 or four in the complete state — and so I really feel like this is a probability for me to have an impact at a even larger-photograph stage with athletics and activities in our district.
“On the lookout at extended-time period services and looking at what kind of systems we are featuring and items like that — this was just a actually interesting option to have the time to dive deep into these matters though our setting up Ads are however doing work on these on-the-ground points with their very own systems.”
Midthun included that while he’ll proceed to function with Horace in some capability, it’s a bittersweet emotion to go away the faculty at the building stage after taking part in a key position in receiving college pursuits off the ground in its 1st year.
“When this posture opened at Horace High College previous 12 months, I was actually enthusiastic about it for the reason that it is a really special chance, as perfectly, to start out a model new superior college with brand name new plans,” he explained. “And it can be been a truly fun year. It can be undoubtedly been difficult, but we have so a lot of fantastic coaches down right here that have just embraced a ton of change and worries together the way that they have been really pleasurable to function with.
“I texted each and every head mentor in advance of I applied to let them know I was applying for this work, and I told them that I adore performing right here, I appreciate operating with all of (them) and that if I get this (posture), it would just be in a various capacity.”
Prior to his roles at Horace, Midthun experienced served in Advertisement and actual physical training roles with Significant Lake (Minn.) Public Schools, Williston (N.D.) Community Schools and Killdeer (N.D.) Community Faculties. He acquired his bachelor’s degree in overall health and physical education with a coaching small from Valley City Point out University just before finding his master’s in instructional leadership from Minnesota State Moorhead.
“Mr. Midthun’s expert experiences as a trainer, coach and functions director throughout districts of varying dimensions and demographics make him properly-outfitted to enable WFPS great-tune not only this position, but the potential of functions for all learners at all colleges in our district,” secondary assistant superintendent Vincent Williams mentioned in the information release. “No matter whether it’s carrying on the traditions at Sheyenne and West Fargo Large Educational facilities or aiding to build people traditions at Horace Substantial Faculty, I am self-confident in Logan’s enjoyment for the challenge.”
As component of the June 6 final decision, the building-amount Advertisements at the district’s 3 high universities will remain in position pending a ongoing review over the up coming faculty yr. Neighboring Fargo Public Schools operates underneath a related technique, with one particular district-large Advertisement and a few constructing-amount Advertisements throughout its 3 higher schools.
“We’ve surely seen it perform in a large amount of districts,” Midthun said. “Fargo, Bismarck and factors like that. Certainly, I am a believer in it and that is why I used for this placement. But I would say that we however need to have to make positive that our actions coordinators in each of our properties have the autonomy to make the working day-to-working day conclusions that they have to have to make on the fly. So numerous matters in athletics and activities have to happen promptly — whether or not that is rescheduling, obtaining buses, performing all of those people factors, functioning with their coaches — they even now need to be equipped to do that.
“I believe — this model new situation for us — is sort of likely to be a doing work occupation description. I experience lucky that I’m the first 1 in this purpose, so I can sort of enable mold what this district Ad position is heading to look like. I am heading to definitely test to be as existing as I can in the buildings encouraging guidance our pursuits coordinators and all of our coaches to make positive we are supplying good activities for kids, but there continue to needs to be a good deal of things completed that the building pursuits coordinators are going to have to do.”
Midthun concluded by indicating he’s fired up to serve in a larger capability with all 3 superior schools.
“I’m actually thrilled for this new position,” he stated. “I’m not hunting to arrive in below to reinvent the wheel by any means. There’s so many good factors now going on at all a few universities. West Fargo High’s received a ton of tradition, Sheyenne naturally just had a dominant yr in a large amount of items, and Horace — I truly feel like we’re carrying out so lots of excellent factors down right here, as nicely.”
The West Fargo college district explained the lookup for Midthun’s substitution at Horace will start promptly.