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Published October 26, 2010, 10:22 AM

Parents frustrated with school district's plan to handle south side growth

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Growth on the south side of Fargo is prompting more changes at Kennedy Elementary School. All this is just years after the district was forced to move all 5th graders to Discovery Middle School to create more space.

It's a busy day at the Leach home: an energetic two-year-old and a 5-year-old who just started kindergarten a few blocks away at Kennedy Elementary.

KORY: "We're really happy with the school system as a whole."

CONNER & JESSICA: "I also like music class!" "He likes music class."

But this South Fargo family may have to brace for change.

JESSICA: "I'm not real thrilled about it I guess."

Major south side growth has forced Fargo district officials to figure out where to put excess students from the newest and smallest elementary school: ideas range from more use of portable classrooms to boundary changes.

Another suggestion, but not quite as popular, is bussing these students to north side elementary schools."

KORY: "It wouldn't be an ideal situation with the school so close."

BURESH: "Weighing the pros and cons of that. I mean, lots of ideas will be contemplated that won't survive to be implemented and bussing may very well be one of those."

Superintendent Rick Buresh says boundary lines need to be re-examined as districts grow.

BURESH: "Every four or 5 years, those need to be reviewed and considered, otherwise we would have some schools that didn't have any kids in them and we would have some schools that would be greatly over-populated."

Leaving families like the Leach's wondering what next year will have in store for them. Buresh says if they decide on boundary changes, the board could ask to put them in place by next fall or the year after.

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