New administrators joining Fargo Public Schools

The Fargo Public Schools announces today that it will welcome three new administrators to positions across the District for the fall of 2012. All are replacement hires, who will fill positions being vacated by individuals retiring June 30. The Board of Education confirmed the new contracts at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The new administrators are:

District Activities Director

Todd Olson, Director of Athletics for the Grand Forks Public Schools, will replacing outgoing Activities Director Ed Lockwood. Olson brings six years of experience to the position, during which time he has actively served the administrations of the NDHSAA, NDIAAA, and NIAAA. Olson began his education career in Grand Forks, where he served as a high school math teacher and basketball coach.

Olson holds a bachelor’s degree from Mayville State University, and masters’ degrees from the University of North Dakota. He is a native of Cavalier.

Director of Alternative Education

David Burkman, secondary principal (gr. 6-12) for the Cedar Mountain School District in Morgan, Minn., will replace outgoing Director/Woodrow Wilson High School Principal Deb Dillon. Prior to Cedar Mountain, Burkman worked as an assistant middle school principal in Grand Rapids, Minn. He began his education career in Rochester, Minn., as a middle school band director, summer school director, and wrestling coach.

Burkman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and a master’s from Winona State University. He is a native of Menahga.

Assistant Principal, Carl Ben Eielson Middle School

Patricia Cummings, speech pathologist at Carl Ben Eielson, will replace outgoing Assistant Principal Barb Weber. Cummings began her education career here in FPS as a speech pathologist at Agassiz Middle School in 1996. She has been serving in that capacity at Carl Ben Eielson since 2006.

Cummings holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Moorhead State University. She is a native of Detroit Lakes.

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