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About Our School

J. Nelson Kelly Elementary School is located in the southeast corner of Grand Forks, N.D.  With a student population over 450 students, it is one of the largest elementary schools in Grand Forks. Kelly Elementary has served the Grand Forks community since opening its doors in 1966. The school was named after J. Nelson Kelly, a superintendent who served from 1894-1919.

Kelly Elementary participates in Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) The purpose of the program is to: 

Kelly Elementary's three expected positive behaviors are:


If you have any questions about our school, please contact our school office at 701-746-2265.

Mrs. Kelli Tannahill, principal

Mrs. LuAnn Schmidt, associate principal

  • Provide a common approach to discipline,
  • Establish school-wide expectations,
  • Teach expectations for students, 
  • Encourage appropriate behavior, 
  • Discourage inappropriate behavior, and 
  • Collect and utilize data.
  1. Be Respectful,
  2. Be Responsible, and
  3. Be Safe.