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Published April 30, 2010, 02:32 PM

Board members wrestle with tough Superintendent decision

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Board members admit it wasn't an easy decision. They wrestled with Flowers’ experience and Perham's Tamara Uselman's communication skills.

“So I'm straddled, OK, and I know that's probably not what you want to hear from your Board President.”

“I guess from everyone here, I probably would have the most reservation to Dr. Flowers.”

In a six to one vote, members are putting their faith in Flowers, saying his collaborative approach will benefit the district. West Fargo Education Association President Joan Connor says she believes teachers are looking for good, strong leadership, and that's what she hopes Flowers will give.

“Not only taking a first step with Dr. Flowers' employment. It's also a giant leap to restore that trust and confidence.”

Dave Olson is a parent of two West Fargo students and is excited for a fresh start with Flowers.

“Being transparent I think, and trustworthy, trust. We have a breakdown on that right now and I think Dr. Flowers will build that back, I think he'll do a good job that way.”

With a clean slate, the West Fargo community now has a chance to re-build and re-unite. Current Superintendent, Dr. Dana Diesel Wallace will stay on the job until June 30th.

One of the three finalists who didn't get the job, Louise Dardis, says she has no hard feelings. Dardis is the current assistant Superintendent in West Fargo.

Dardis started her career teaching in Harwood, moving around to different schools in the district. She says while she congratulates Flowers on his new position, she wasn't surprised by the board's decision.

Dardis says from here, she'll go on doing what's she's always been doing.

“Continue to have a position that I truly enjoy. I work in the school district and have for 31 years, we're here for the kids and their learning and I continue.”

Dardis says she also looks forward to the experience and knowledge that Flowers will bring to the district.