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LP-A Elementary School named to excellence list

Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School is among nine elementary schools designated as a 2008-09 Minnesota School of Excellence.

The Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association developed this research-based program, which is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

A counterpoint to the limited snapshot of academic achievement that high-stakes standardized tests supply, the program looks at a wider range of factors. Those include Read Naturally testing and placement, Accelerated Math testing and placement, special education tests and work sampling as well as informal teacher observations about student progress.

The recognition is based on a self-study by a leadership committee headed by the school's principal, Sam Skaaland.

Moorhead candidates file for School Board

Five candidates have entered the running for four seats up for grabs on the Moorhead School Board so far.

Three incumbents - Cindy Fagerlie, Michael Siggerud and Lisa Erickson - will face at least two challengers, David Schuman and Michael Thrasher. A fourth incumbent up for re-election, Carol Ladwig, announced she's not running for another term.

The deadline for filing for the November election is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The board is made up of seven Moorhead residents elected to four-year terms. They must be at least 21 years old and eligible voters.

For more information on the School Board election, contact the office of superintendent at (218) 284-3330 or visit the district's Web site,

Study: Decrease of children in poverty

A new study shows 18,000 North Dakota children were living in poverty in 2007 -

12.5 percent of the state's children.

The U.S. Census Bureau report released last week shows the number of children in poverty has decreased

16.3 percent from 2006.

Nationally, though, the number of children in poverty has risen from 17.4 percent in 2006 to 18 percent in 2007.

State awarded education grant

North Dakota was awarded a federal grant this week that will help the state reach out to students who may think college is out of their reach.

The state received $330,000 in federal funds designed to help increase the number of low-income students prepared for post-secondary education.

The College Access Challenge Grant Program is designed to help states assist these students with preparing for and financing post-secondary education.

The North Dakota University System will bring together representatives from K-12 education, colleges, the Bank of North Dakota, state agencies and professional associations to work together to improve the state's capacity to assist these students and their families.