Aug 22, 2013 at 7:27 am
Grand forks school officials say the proposed property tax levy that sparked all the criticism at a public hearing last week is only one of several scenerios that taxpayers could face as the district finalizes the 2013-14 budget. Superintendent larry nybladh says several other options will be presented to school board members next month.
The district floated the idea of a 28-point-six percent levy increase to balance the budget books next year. Nybladh says each option will have pluses and minuses for board members to consider. he says the challenge is to balance cuts with spending down reserves and the future impact to taxpayers. staff layoffs will not expected to be a part of the budget balancing plan.
The school board will tackle the issue on September 9th.
August 22, 2013
Superintendent Apologizes for Insensitive Remark
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – On Wednesday, August 21, Dr. Larry Nybladh, Superintendent of Grand Forks Public Schools, participated in a Skype interview with a Fargo-Moorhead based television station regarding the topic of the Grand Forks School Board’s discussion of the 2013-2014 proposed budget and tax levy. After the interview was completed, Nybladh used an insensitive remark, which was inadvertently recorded and later publically broadcast.
According to Nybladh, “I am regretful of my choice of words. I know the job of superintendent is 24/7 and I hold myself to a high standard. I was taken aback and frustrated with the style of journalism,
especially when it turned to what I perceived to be an attack on our teachers and students. Even though it was an utterance made only to myself in the privacy of an office, I regret my remark and I
am disappointed in myself because this does not reflect my true character. I sincerely apologize to the host of the television program and anyone else who may have been offended by my poor choice of words.”