At Wednesday’s Devils Lake School Board’s special meeting there was only one item on the agenda: Approval of the contract for the superintendent.

At Wednesday’s Devils Lake School Board’s special meeting there was only one item on the agenda: Approval of the contract for the superintendent.

This initial two-year contract is for Matthew Bakke to begin as the Superintendent on July 1 at a salary of $145,000 for the first year and the second year to be determined. The other benefits provided the Administrative Team are to be his, as well as four days professional leave to complete his doctoral program and a laptop computer to assist him with his responsibilities.

The meeting lasted approximately two minutes as the approval was unanimous. Bakke was present at the meeting and received congratulations from each board member following adjournment.

Matthew H. Bakke: Bakke was born and raised in Grand Forks, ND, where he attended and graduated from Grand Forks Central High School and attended the University of North Dakota on a football scholarship. He says in his junior year at UND he was injured putting an end to his football playing career but opening the door for him to coaching and working with kids, two of his favorite things. “I’m a people person,” he admitted. Therefore it was logical that he stepped into a student coaching position as well as campus politics, ultimately becoming the student body president in his senior year at UND.

He has been married nine years to Melissa, who is a graphic arts instructor at Grand Forks, and they have three children; a five-year old, a one-year old and a four month old.

Bakke is presently working on obtaining his doctorate, a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, through UND, while serving as superintendent at Manvel Public School, approximately 11 miles north of Grand Forks. In his precious spare time he enjoys spending time with his family. They have a place on Devils Lake that they enjoy spending time at as a family during the summer, but plan to make Devils Lake their home soon.

“I have much to do at both ends to transition into this new position and school system, but I am looking forward to this opportunity,” Bakke said.