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Klyve takes open seat on DL board

"Welcome back, Tom."

This was the greeting offered to Detroit Lakes School Board Member Tom Klyve, after the approval of his appointment to the board sailed through unanimously at Monday night's school board meeting.

Klyve, whose five-year stint came to an end in December after his term was up, came back only six weeks later to fill the seat left suddenly vacant by Cyndi Anderson.

According to a written statement by Anderson, she resigned because she believed personal and political agendas were influencing the board's decisions and didn't want to be a part of that process.

But after a little school board boat-rocking, it seems to be calm waters again as Klyve sits comfortably back into his old chair.

A Detroit Lakes resident for 24 years, Klyve is chief financial officer for a Fargo company, Nethertz.

He says he didn't run for re-election last fall because of difficulty in meeting schedules, but after receiving requests from a number of community members and support from his family and employers, has decided to make a go of it for one more term.

With money being the never-ending battle facing most school districts, Board Chairman David Langworthy says the biggest thing Klyve has to bring to the table is his experience with the district's procedures and his financial mind.

"School is not a business, but sometimes you need to look at it this way and he has a great eye for that."

With his eye fixed firmly on finance, Klyve says his vision for the Detroit Lakes school system is giving teachers and the community a sense of security.

"I would like us to feel more financially secure with jobs and funding. The state determines 90 percent of our funding, but we just need to figure out how to do more with less."

There are a few areas within education that hold Klyve's attention, budget crunch or not. He says his goals are to see the district keep high grades, a good teacher-student ratio, maintaining facilities, and keeping art and athletic activities strong.

"Activities and music seem to get cut first, and I don't want those things to get cut here," he says.

Klyve's two grown children are products of the Detroit Lakes school system, and he's proud of what the district has to offer.

"Students come from all around the area to come to our school, and I want to keep it that way," he says.

Klyve holds the position until the term ends on Dec. 31, 2012.