February 15, 2019
The community lost a lifelong Spud last night. Retired Superintendent Lynne Kovash has lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. Kovash died Feb. 14, 2019, after a 20-month cancer fight.
A service celebrating Kovash’s life will be at 11 a.m. February 23, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. February 22 at Trinity in the Christian Life Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be directed to Moorhead Area Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1006, Moorhead, MN 56561-1006 for scholarships to graduates of Moorhead High School OR to the Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation, P.O. Box 508, Moorhead, MN 56561-0508 for educational enhancements.
A 1970 Moorhead High School graduate, Kovash spent her entire career in education with Moorhead Area Public Schools. From 1994-96, she was a teacher on special assignment. In 1996-97, she became the assistant principal and transition coordinator at Voyager Elementary School. Following the closure of Voyager, Kovash served as an assistant principal and coordinator of the district’s gifted and talented program before becoming supervisor of planning and assessment.
Kovash served as assistant superintendent of teaching and learning from July 1999 until July 15, 2008, when she became the tenth superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools. Kovash retired in November 2017.
“Our thoughts are with the Kovash family during this time,” said Brandon Lunak, superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools. “Lynne’s passion for lifelong learning and her decades of commitment to the students of Moorhead Schools will be remembered.”
In October 2018 Kovash received two significant honors. She received the Polaris Leadership Award for a lifetime of achievement in education from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, and she was inducted into the Moorhead High School Hall of Honor.
Former Moorhead School Board chair Bill Tomhave described Kovash as a thoughtful, informed leader and an unapologetic advocate for all students. She demonstrated “time and again her willingness to share her vision and passion with students and community members,” he said regarding her selection for the Polaris Award.
During the Hall of Honor induction on Oct. 6, 2018, Kovash reminded the audience that it isn’t about the buildings, referring to the new schools that opened in 2017.
“It’s about what goes on inside those buildings that I hope becomes my legacy,” she said. “Thank you for making Moorhead my forever home.”
Kovash was named MASA Administrator of Excellence in 2017, received the Dennis R. Heitkamp Leadership Award from Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership in 2016, and was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus by MSUM in 2010.
Lauri Winterfeldt, director of Moorhead Community Education, remembers when Kovash spoke at a GED graduation.
“She used her life story to show how commitment to education led to personal and professional success for her and her family,” Winterfeldt said. “Lynne talked of the personal barriers she overcame to ultimately earn a PhD. The sharing of her own journey inspired everyone who heard it. She generously shared her experience to show those graduates, who faced many barriers of their own, that they too could dream big and reach their goals. She taught them that persistence pays off. I’ll always remember that night.”
Kovash earned her bachelor’s degree in language arts and secondary education and her master’s degree in special education from Moorhead State University, now Minnesota State University Moorhead. She obtained K-12 principal, special education director and superintendent licenses from Tri-College University, Fargo, N.D. Kovash completed her doctorate in educational leadership through the University of North Dakota in 2009.
Kovash served as president of Minnesota Association of School Administrators in 2014-15 and was a member of the Governing Board for AASA, the School Superintendents Association. She was active on all four MASA committees and was a member of the MASA Foundation Board.
Besides being a past president of Moorhead Rotary, Kovash was a member of the Minnesota Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, United Way of Cass-Clay, MSUM Foundation Board, and Fargo-Moorhead Chamber of Commerce. Kovash served on the Minnesota Department of Education Local Assessment and Accountability Advisory Committee, the MDE Assessment and Accountability Working Group, and on advisory committees for Tri-College University and MSUM. She also served on the Superintendent Advisory Committee for the national organization EdLeader 21.
Michelle Sailer, elementary art teacher, wrote on Kovash’s CaringBridge page this month.
“I learned that our time here on earth is limited and one must be brave and pioneering,” Sailer said. “You are a pioneer. Your legacy of expanding arts programming and community partnerships forever changed Moorhead Area Public Schools for the better. You are brave as well. In the face of pancreatic cancer you took on the beast and always found a nugget of gold in the midst of the storm.”
February 14, 2019
Moorhead High’s Jalen Ennen goes up for two points in the girls basketball game against Monticello on Feb. 9 at Moorhead High. The Spuds led going into half time, but the Magic were able to whittle it down. Moorhead held on for the 71-69 win with five players scoring in double digits.
February 14, 2019
Jennifer Dahl wants her students to feel respected and loved. “I want my students to know that even when I see them at their worst, I know that their potential is still there, and I will never give up on them,” said Dahl, an emotional/behavioral disorders teacher for K-4 students at Robert Asp Elementary School and this year’s Robert Asp Teacher of the Year.
February 12, 2019
Moorhead High’s Maleeck Harden-Hayes goes up for a slam dunk in first-half action of the home boys basketball game against Monticello on Feb. 9. Harden-Hayes became the 10th boys basketball player in Spud history to reach 1,000 career points.
February 12, 2019
Moorhead Area Public Schools has scheduled Monday, April 22, 2019, as an instructional day as makeup for the Feb. 7 weather-related school closure day. April 22 was identified on the 2018-19 calendar as the first emergency makeup day.
February 11, 2019
With help from donors, Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation wants students in Moorhead Area Public Schools to receive milk and snack break, even if their families are struggling to make ends meet. On Feb. 14, the Legacy Foundation will be part of Giving Hearts Day 2019, and contributions to the foundation’s Food for Thought campaign will fund this effort.
February 11, 2019
Moorhead’s Horizon Middle School Theatre brings the rip-roaring, foot-stomping classic musical “Li’l Abner” to life at 7 p.m. February 28, March 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3 in the new Horizon Middle School Performing Arts Center, 3601 12th Ave. S. Reserve tickets online at https://www.moorheadschools.org/tix or by calling the box office at 218-284-2255.
February 7, 2019
Moorhead High’s Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe stands ready for a face off against Warroad during second period action of the boys hockey game at the Moorhead Sports Center on Feb. 2. Henkemeyer-Howe scored two goals and two assists, and Kyler Kleven scored two goals and one assist to lead the Spuds in scoring in the 9-5 win over the Warriors.
February 7, 2019
The High School Facilities Task Force recommended replacing Moorhead High School on the existing site during its report to the School Board at a special meeting Jan. 31. The task force recommendation includes an off-site career and technical center. The board will be asked to take action on the recommendation at the Feb. 11 meeting.
February 6, 2019
Moorhead High’s Erik Dougherty races head-to-head with Minot’s Griffin Schaeffer in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Hulbert Aquatic Center on the first day of the West Fargo Sprint Invite Jan. 25-26.
January 31, 2019
Moorhead High’s boys hockey team defeated rival Roseau Rams 4-2 Jan. 22 at the Moorhead Sports Center, snapping Roseau’s 11-game winning streak. On Jan. 26, Moorhead topped Class 2A’s No. 2 rated St. Cloud Cathedral 5-2.