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Published May 25, 2011, 09:31 AM

West Fargo Schools holds emergency meeting to begin accepting bids

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Less than 24-hours after a successful referendum, the West Fargo School Board would like to break ground on the first new school by July. Voters overwhelmingly passed an 82.5 million dollar referendum to ease overcrowding.

After an impressive 70-percent yes vote, The West Fargo Schools called an emergency meeting this morning where they decided they will immediately begin accepting construction bids on the new elementary school, which will be located around here, south of I-94 and west of Veterans Boulevard.

DR. DAVID FLOWERS - West Fargo Superintendent: “I'm not surprised that it won because I think it was the right plan, but I was a little surprised by the margin, the 70-percent, very pleased.”

With the bond, West Fargo will also build a 12-hundred student middle school on the north end of the Sheyenne Ninth grade center. The center will be expanded to be a 15-hundred student High School.

West Fargo High School will be expanded to include a ninth grade center of its own. The middle and high school projects are expected to be completed by 2014.

DR. DAVID FLOWERS - West Fargo Superintendent: “The most critical need and immediate need is that new elementary space and then the following spring we'll start construction of the other facilities.”

Superintendent Flowers says he hopes to break ground on the elementary school this July, and have it completed for the fall of 2012.

The bond also approved building a second elementary school when enrollment figures reach a trigger point.