West Fargo school enrollment continues to growWest Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - School will begin bigger in West Fargo. For the last few years, district officials say students are outgrowing their space. Are things really as crunched as expected?
Nine of the district's 15 schools including the high school saw increased enrollment. That brings the total number of students in the district up to 7,200, a total increase of 344, which is about what district officials expected.
Cheney middle school has the biggest growth with an increase of 127 students from last year, the Sheyenne 9th grade center increased by 101 students, and Osgood Kindergarten center, which also includes first grade, saw significant growth with 92 new students.
Voters did not pass a bond referendum that would've funded a new high school and elementary school. The high school has 75 more students than last year, bringing the total to 1,469. The elementary school with the most growth and the largest class sizes is Aurora with 26 new students and an average class size of 25 students.
Dr. David Flowers/Superintendent: “We're pleased to see the growth, but of course with growth comes the difficult of managing that growth, which is providing the infrastructure and space to house those students.”
Some schools have fewer students. Berger elementary had the greatest decline, with 54 fewer students. Flowers says that's mostly a result of recent boundary changes.
Tonight the West Fargo school board votes to buy land for future school buildings. It's considering 10 to 12 acres between I-94 and 32nd Avenue south.