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Published September 10, 2013, 10:17 PM

Fargo School Board holds special session

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Concerned parents joined in a special session of the Fargo School Board today as the district looks at long-term plans.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Concerned parents joined in a special session of the Fargo School Board today as the district looks at long-term plans.

The Board considers closing McKinley Elementary to cut costs and open a new school in South Fargo.

Rebecca Knuston spoke out saying McKinley appears to be "the sacrificial lamb in the district; adding when schools close, neighborhoods decline."

Thomas Lawrence- Parent: “I don't know of any parent who doesn't think their child has the same opportunities as kids who attend other schools in the district. On the contrary, I know parents that have moved to the neighborhood because of the school. I was one of those. There have even been parents that have petitioned to have their kids attend McKinley and parents bring their kids to McKinley from other districts.”

The board is researching a new elementary school, with possible construction at Ed Clapp Park.

Board members also discussed pushing back the start date of the 2014-2015 school year to after August 27th.

Plus, final enrollment numbers are released. In all, nearly 11,000 students are in the district: Just over 5,200 in the elementary schools, nearly 2,400 in the middle schools and nearly 3,400 attend area high schools.

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