Independent School District 152, Moorhead, Minnesota (S2649)

1912-

Historical Sketch

Independent School District No. 152 had its origins in a subscription school founded in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1872 by James H. Sharp. It only had a life of 2 months, but later that year a permanent 5-month school was started and housed in the Presbyterian Church. On April 15, 1873, a school district was organized. The members of the first school board were James Douglas, president; Andrew Holes, treasurer; and James H. Sharp, Clerk. James H. Sharp remained prominent on the Board of Education until 1905 and is remembered as the father of the Moorhead Public Schools. On September 15, 1879, Moorhead Independent School District No. 2 was organized. In 1955, District No. 2 merged with other districts in the area to form Independent School District No. 152.

Collection Description

Independent School District No. 152 records are a collection of correspondence, legal papers and records on the day-to-day running of the school district. They are arranged topically and chronologically. There is extensive material on the 1920 high school construction project and the 1936 junior high school construction programs. Included are bids, bonds, contracts correspondences, and specifications on the construction of the buildings. Also included are the annual superintendent’s reports on the condition of the school district and the proposed yearly budgets for 1912-1962. There are, however, some gaps in the years available. Also present are Board of Education meeting agendas and minutes. Some material is also included dealing with the district’s insurance, employees and various organizations and school programs. Examples of the latter two subjects are MEA and the school lunch program.

Inventory

Box 1

  • Construction. 1917-22; 1929-35
  • Specifications for the Proposed New High School. 1920

Box 1A

  • Bond Issues. 1937
  • Construction. 1936-47; 1954-58; 1962-63
  • Legal Problems on the Construction of the Music Addition. 1937-41

Box 2

  • Lincoln School Parent Teacher Association Meeting Minutes. Vol. 1-2. 1946-65
  • Minnesota
    • Association of School Business Officials. 1955-58; 1964-70
    • Education Association (MEA). 1955-70
    • School Board Association. 1923-64
  • National Education Association. 1957
  • North Central Association. 1956
  • North Dakota Association of School Business Officials. 1962-69
  • Parent Teacher Association Papers. 1961-70; undated
  • Retarded Children Clay County Association. 1968-69
  • School Business Officials Reservations. 1963-65; 1969
  • Task Force Steering Committee. February 1981
  • T.E.P.S. 1957-58

Box 3

  • Board of Education
    • Elections. 1917-63
    • Papers. 1914-26; 1933-79
    • Search for a New Superintendent Correspondence. 1918.
  • Dedications
    • Junior High. 1938
    • School Buildings. 1952-70

Box 4

  • Insurance
    • Athletic Accident Benefit Plan. 1966-69
    • Blue
      • Cross. 1961-70
      • Shield. 1959-68
    • Feving Company. 1969
    • General. 1911-70
    • Horace Mann. 1960-64
    • Retirement. 1961-64
  • Minnesota State High School League. 1961-67

Box 5

  • Commercial Clubs and Recreation
    • Chubb, Recreation Director
    • Executive Club, Fargo/Moorhead
    • Greater Moorhead Days
    • Lions. 1955-67
    • P.E.R.A.
    • Phi Delta Kappa. 1960-64
    • School
      • Masters Club
      • Parties
    • Shock Strand, Welcome Home Party. 1967
    • Speakers' Bureau
    • TOPS
    • United Fund Drive of Moorhead
    • V.F.W.
  • Education Classes/Sports
  • Art. 1963-64
  • Athletic
    • Director
    • Program Cost and Participation.
  • Baseball. 1966-67
  • Basketball. 1966-67
  • Cross Country
  • Drivers' Education. 1962-63; 1969
  • Education Research and Development Council
  • Hockey. 1961-68
  • Industrial Arts. 1967-68
  • Music. 1962-67
  • Physical Education 1967-68
  • Referees. 1963-67
  • Region VI
  • Sex Education. 1970
  • Special Education. 1962-68
  • Speech. 1965-67
  • Square Dancing. 1967-70
  • Tennis. 1967
  • Track. 1967
  • Wrestling. 1959-67
  • Exhibits. 1955-65; 1967

Box 6

  • Accidents
    • X-ray Forms
    • Nurse Reports
    • Physical. 1964-69; undated
  • Churches
    • Miscellaneous. 1965-67
    • Trinity
  • Policies, Storm. 1961-63; 1969-70
  • Publicity, Radio and Television. 1964-66
  • Requisitions
    • Miscellaneous. 1961-64
    • Summer. 1964
  • Schools
    • Census. 1925-75
      • Profiles
    • Concordia. 1968
    • Enrollments. 1960-75
    • Hopkins
      • Elementary
      • Vocational. 1966
    • Milaca. 1952-57
    • Moorhead
      • Junior High
      • State
        • College. 1961-68
        • High School
          • League. 1967-71
          • Miscellaneous
      • Vocational. 1962-70
    • Morningside. 1963-65
    • Ogren Elementary School Site. 1965
    • St. Cloud State College. 1959
    • St. Olaf College. 1959
    • Swenson's Land, Vo-Tech School. 1966-72
    • Thomas Edison Elementary
  • Transportation
    • Directions for Making Bus Reports. 1955
    • General. 1934-68 - Northern Transit Company. 1967
    • River Oaks Area. 1965

Box 7

  • Employees
    • Arndt, Arthur. 1964
    • Beckman, Emma. 1958
    • Burry, Mrs., Denver Schools. 1962
    • Elementary Teachers. 1969
    • General. 1955-63
    • Hourly Wage Law. 1968
    • Littlefield, Mrs. Harry. 1959
    • Lotthammer, Ewald. 19589-67; undated
    • Migrant Workers. 1965
    • Mork, Joseph. 1967
    • Noonan, Dr. 1962-69
    • Public. 1963-67
    • Retirement. 1957-65
    • Strand, Vernon, Elementary Superintendent. 1968-70
    • Superintendents
      • General. 1961-64
      • Meetings. 1959-60
    • Teacher
      • Salary. 1905-66
      • Substitutes. 1964-64
    • Vacancies. 1969
    • Workmen's Compensation. 1955-62
  • Federal and State Policies
    • Attorney General Opinions
    • Equalization Aid
    • Federal Work Program
    • Legislation
    • State Department of Education
  • Law Enforcement/Crime
    • Burglary
    • Civil Defense
    • Juvenile Court Cases
    • Labor Law and Materials
    • National Safety Council
    • Police
    • Safety Patrol
    • Stolen/Lost
  • Miscellaneous
    • Building Rentals
    • Calendar. 1970
    • Correspondence
    • Election Returns. 1963-67
    • Faculty and Grade Level Configurations
    • Five Year Educational Plan: 1998-2003
    • Hall of Honor
    • Moorhead Planning Commission
    • Open
      • House. 1964; 1968
      • Land Area. 1965
    • Patrons
    • Printed Material and Memorabilia. 1940-71
    • Play and Graduation Programs/Course Offerings. 1905-63
    • Re-districting. 1965
    • Reservations
      • Banquet. 1969
      • Dinner/Luncheon. 1961; 1965
      • General. 1970
      • Oak Manor. 1969
      • Will Not Attend
    • School District Reorganization
    • The Spud, School Newspaper. 1924-25; 1932-35; 1986-
    • Strategic Long Range Plan. 1990-95
    • Student
      • Aid. 1965
      • Council
      • Dropouts, High School. 1962-63
      • Teaching. 1964
    • Voting Election, City. 1968
    • Workshop. 1966
  • Payrolls and Employee Papers
    • General. 1919-26
    • Pay Equity Implementation. 1994
    • Teacher Contracts and Correspondence. 1918-20

Box 8

  • Equipment and Supplies
    • Don's Elevator
    • Educational Supplies and Textbooks. 1911-20
    • Electronics Associate
    • Fargo Distributing Company
    • General Adjustment Bureau
    • Holland Excavating
    • Kuhne
    • Manpower Training
    • Maret Window Corporation
    • Midland Laundry
    • Midway Electric
    • Minnesota Maintenance
    • Miscellaneous Equipment. 1963-66
    • Office Supplies
    • Powers Court
    • Songsters
    • Stage
    • Standard Electric
    • Stenerson Lumber
    • Stop Watches
    • Supply Orders. 1910-37
    • Surplus Commodities
  • Financial Forms
    • Appraisals. 1963-64
    • Audit Report. 1978; 1982-83
    • Bills Payable. 1964-67; undated
    • Budget. 1958-61; 1982-84; undated
    • Debt
    • Financial Statements. 1962-67; 1982-83; 1985; 2004
    • Gasoline Tax. 1959-69
    • Institutional Sales. 1967

Box 9

  • Financial Forms, continued
    • Stocks and Bonds. 1917-22; 1935-37; 1964-65
    • Surplus Western States Claim
    • Tax Sales. 1967
  • Board Meeting
    • Agendas. 1955-70
    • Notes. 1983-

Box 10

  • Committees/Council
    • Athletic Council. 1983-84
    • Basic Needs Committee. 1983
    • Community Education Advisory Council. 1983-85; 1989; 1993-95
    • Education Children in the Changing World. 1964
    • Joint Powers Committee. 1983-84
    • Long Range Plan
    • Miscellaneous Meeting Minutes, Committees/Seminars. 1985
    • PER Committee. 1983-85
    • Policy Review Committee. 1983-85
    • Promotion Retention Policy Review Committee. 1983-84
    • Public Forum Information. 1982- S.T.E.P. 1983-85
    • School Naming Task Force. 2003
    • Strategies (Future) Seminar Planning Committee. 1985
    • Study of the Residents of District. 1988
    • Title IX Advisory Committee. 1983-85
    • Vocational/Career Education Study Committee. 1983
  • Master Contract. 1979; 1981-83

Box 11

  • Annual Reports. 1912-40; 1955-62; 1995-96
  • Bids
    • House and Garage. 1964-66
    • Fuel Bids. 1962-66
    • Furniture Bids. 1965-66
    • Milk Bids. 1961-66
    • Paper Bids. 1961
  • School Lunch Programs. 1968-70

Box 12

  • Boys State Basketball Pin. 1967
  • Lantern Slide Plates of Building Plans and Students in Class
  • Moorhead Community/Adult Education Community Newsletter. May 1980-92
  • Newspaper Clippings 1940-86; undated
  • Photographs. 1900-51; undated
  • Vol. 1 - Examination Papers Written by Pupils of the Moorhead Public Schools for the Centennial Exposition in New Orleans. 1884
  • Vol. 2 - Pride, 1960. This is a publication put out by and advertising the city of Moorhead. It contains information and history on Moorhead Schools.
  • Vol. 3 - Elementary Principal's Handbook. Independent School District #152. 1966
  • Vol. 4 - Plans for Educating Children in the Changing World. 1964. A Summary of the school survey report of Independent School District #152.
  • Vols. 5-8 - CHO-KIO. Published by the Senior Class of Moorhead High School. 1915; 1917; 1923; 1930; 1944
  • Vol. 9 - Family Influence on Academic Performance in s Special Reading Program in the West Fargo Elementary School by Joan Whaley, 1971
  • Vol. 10 - A Study Leading to the Development of a Handbook for Elementary School Substitute Teachers to be Used in Clay County, MN, School District 152 of Moorhead, Georgetown, and Sabin by Donald Iverson, 1966.

Box 13

  • Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes. 1983-87

Box 14

  • Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes. 1987-92

Box 15

  • Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes. 1993-97

Box 16

  • Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes. 1998-June 2003

Box 17

  • Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes. July 2003-July 2006

Box 18

  • Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes. August 2006-July 2009

Box 19

  • Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes. August 2009-