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Superintendent's Message

Welcome to the Wahpeton Public School District Web Site.  My name is Rick Jacobson.  I am the Superintendent of Schools for the Wahpeton Public School District.  Our district is comprised of the following school buildings:  Zimmerman Elementary (PreK & K – approx. 96 students), Wahpeton Elementary (Grades 1-5, approx. 413 students), Middle School (283 students) & High School (Grades 9-12, 408 students).  Our projected enrollment for the 2019-20 school year we hope will be around 1,200 students.  Our staff members work very hard to provide quality educational opportunities for our students.  We believe we are able to provide a safe educational environment that is conducive to learning.


Our student population continues to become more diverse each year.  We enjoy working with a wide variety of students each year.  We take pride in welcoming students and families from all walks of life.  Our elementary classes have been split into 4-5 sections each year.  This does fluctuate as enrollment numbers change.   We feel that our k-12 curriculum is robust and meeting the needs of today’s students.  Students wanting to become involved in activities should have no trouble finding what works for them.  A variety of sports programs provide opportunities.  Our music department is second to none with numbers growing each year.  Last year we completed a Vocational Education expansion project that was completed in august of 2020. Completing this project allows for more space for students and staff in the Vocational Education area.   Our FFA chapter is the second largest in the state of North Dakota.  This year we presently have 250 students enrolled in vocational education classes daily.  We feel that we have top-notch instructors at all levels that want all students to be successful.


The hot topic everyone is wondering about is the resurgence of COVID-19.  New cases within the school have been minimal at this point.  The Wahpeton School District is not requiring masks to be worn at this time.  If staff or students feel it is best for them to wear masks, do not hesitate to do so.  Masks are optional at this time.  Please understand that things could change very quickly if new cases surge.  The Wahpeton School Board wants to do right for the school district.  The “masks vs no masks” issue you have been seeing on the media does not end well for either side.  If things change in the future, please be respectful to both sides.  The School Board will take the best information they have and make an educated decision if need be.


Please take a moment to visit the various pages of our updated website:  www.WahpetonSchools.org.  If you are new to the area or are considering a move to the Wahpeton area, please give us a call at the District Office at 701-642-6741 to arrange a tour of our facilities at your earliest convenience.  We are available during the week or on the weekend to meet with you.  If you are a Wahpeton resident, I invite you to spend time on our interactive website as it has a lot of valuable information about how your tax dollars are being spent at the Wahpeton Public Schools and what our school system has to offer.


Thank you for visiting our website.  Your interest is greatly appreciated!!


Rick Jacobson, Supt.

Wahpeton Public Schools