Business manager

GF Schools: Survey of business leaders and students

The Grand Forks School District has a new business manager. The school board picked Brandon Baumbach for the job last night. Baumbach is currently vice president of business development at the Grand Forks Economic Development Corporation.

In making the recommendation, Superintendent Terry Brenner says the fact that Baumbach doesn’t have an accounting degree isn’t a problem. “I’ve had conversations with West Fargo…Bismarck…and Mandan who all have a commercial manager without an accounting degree and all are happy with the direction of the commercial office. All said the key to this transition was job number two Brenner says Baumbach’s seven years as chairman of the Emerado (ND) school board have been a plus.

Baumbach will replace Scott Berge who left in February for a job at Altru Health. He begins his new role on May 9 with an annual salary of $130,000.

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Grand Forks students are drinking less alcohol and smoking fewer cigarettes according to the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The school board reviewed the results of the investigation last night (Monday).
The anonymous survey every two years suggests that those who had one or more drinks in the past 30 days have fallen from 12% in 2019 to 9%. Cigarette consumption went from 3.8% to 3.2%…and marijuana use went down from 7.7% to 5.9%.
Associate Superintendent Catherine Gillach says it’s a step in the right direction, but there’s still work to be done.
Another finding suggests that prescription drug use also slipped from 3.9% to 1.3%. The district uses the confidential survey to help develop educational materials.