Lundberg takes over school district reins

Larry Lundberg (center above) took over the helm of the Killdeer School District during the board meeting July 17 in the board room. He succeeded Scott Bice (third from left).


By Brad Mosher
The Herald


Larry Lunberg was just re-elected.
His latest election win wasn’t on the ballot.
He was unanimously picked as the new school board president July 17 in the district board room next to the district offices.
For Lundberg, it was a step up from his previous post as vice-president.
Levi Bang was picked as the vice-president moments later.
Although Killdeer School District is close to finalizing a location for a new campus and will soon be sending out a survey to the public over the proposed new construction meant to handle the school’s extreme growth.

New president Larry Lundberg listens to a Killdeer School District board member during the July 17 meeting in Killdeer.
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However, the board admits they are frustrated.
They want to lock in the location for the new campus before sending out the community survey.
However, the location has not been secured, leaving some at the July 17 meeting to question whether the board should be actively seeking other locations and parcels for the new campus.
According to Superintendent Gary Wilz, the district lawyers are still in negotiations with the owners for a 20-acre parcel near the city.
To board member Pamela Kukla, the wait over acquiring the new land is hard.
“This is killing me,” she said.
Because of the wait for the land, the planned survey is still on hold… and keeps pushing it back.
Originally, an early timetable had the land being acquired and the survey being scheduled for the community input in the spring, which meant if the ballot referendum had passed in early summer, the initial phases of contruction would already be underway toward a new campus being finished by the end of 2021.
According to the superintendent, meeting that construction deadline would be unlikely now.
The district would have been ready to submit the survey to the public in early August
Now, the survey is on hold until the property is acquired.
That also means that the continuing growth in enrollment is going to have more impact in the future.
The location of the parcel hasn’t been publicized yet, but the superintendent said that it should be eligible for annexation and city infrastructure. It should meet all the necessary requirements.

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