Another new school coming to West FargoWest Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's unanimous; West Fargo will be home to a new elementary school much sooner than originally expected.
West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's unanimous; West Fargo will be home to a new elementary school much sooner than originally expected.
Tonight, the school board approved moving forward with plans to begin immediate construction on a new building.
The trigger for the new school was supposed to happen when the new Freedom Elementary hit 85-percent enrollment, or about 470 students.
That all changed when Freedom opened over capacity with 565 students in its very first semester.
The plan is to break ground on the new building next spring so it will be ready by the fall of 2014.
The $11 million school was already approved in the bond referendum, but the biggest concern for the board was paying for the operating costs, additional staff, supplies and so forth.
The state only pays schools based on last year's enrollment numbers, so paying for hundreds of additional students will be difficult unless something changes.
But the school board said it was a gamble it was willing to take.
Dr. David Flowers, West Fargo Superintendent: “If we get a favorable from the legislature this year, then that will trigger the other discussion which I believe needs to happen, which is the next, the third new elementary school. I think to get in front of this curve, the board really needs to be talking about that.”
The most likely construction site will be east of the Sheyenne 9th grade center and north of 40th avenue south.
The board hopes it will also be able to pull some of the more than $2.5 million left in a state fund for districts that increase more than 7-percent.
Final enrollment numbers aren't due until Saturday, but right now West Fargo would qualify.