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Published May 24, 2011, 08:43 AM

Voters overwhelmingly pass West Fargo school bond referendum

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The West Fargo School District proved the third time was the charm for a bond referendum. Voters overwhelmingly passed the district's latest bond referendum. The 82.5 million dollar referendum passed by a vote of 5,194 to 2,226. It is a 70-percent majority, well above the 60-percent needed.

As you can imagine the tension level was running quite high at times here at the Leidal Education Center as district leaders, school board members and teachers watched the numbers come in. Then the final numbers were revealed and the room erupted.

West Fargo residents were sold on the districts latest bond plan to grow the school district as the population of the city continues to climb.

The money will be used to build two new elementary schools, a middle school on the north end of the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center, turn Sheyenne into a high school, and renovate the current high school. For a victorious Superintendent David Flowers, the work begins tomorrow.

DR. DAVID FLOWERS - West Fargo School Superintendent: “We have plans ready to go on the first elementary school and we need to move forward with that. We have also promised to form some committees that will continue to engage the community and we need to take steps to make sure that happens and one of those is a facilities advisory committee.”

The passage of this bond referendum means the owner of a one-hundred thousand dollar home will pay an extra 124 dollars a year in property taxes. The price of growth in the city on the grow.