Read this week’s profile on Linda Boyd Coates, the eighth of nine Q&A features on Board members of the Fargo Public Schools. Each Board member was asked to comment on several things, including their service, the challenges facing the District, and who they see as the District’s next leader.
Board member since: 2010
Children: Daughter, Lindsay (25, teaching in Mussoorie, India), and son, Keith Coates (18, senior at FSHS)
Occupation: Executive Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra
What was the reason you ran for a Board position?
I felt my background in the non-profit and higher ed sectors, as well as my experiences as a former teacher and city commissioner, would be helpful in finding new opportunities for institutional collaborations. I am also vitally interested in the role that the arts play in K-12 education.
What is something you’ve learned through your service to the District that you didn’t know before becoming a Board member?
I was not aware of the detail and thoroughness of the Board’s monitoring and evaluation of governance and executive limitation policies.
What do you see as big challenges for the District going forward? Challenges for K-12 education in North Dakota?
We need to inspire our community to support the excellent work of FPS when issues such as the property tax Measure #2 and the upcoming mill levy come up for public vote.
Something you’re proud of as a representative of the Fargo Public Schools:
The high quality of work performed by FPS teachers and staff continues to inspire me.
What qualities will you look for in the District’s next superintendent?
I will be looking for someone who can provide visionary leadership, along with the skills to lead the District in accomplishing that vision.