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Published October 29, 2013, 08:36 PM

Not everybody is happy with the planned location for the new Fargo Elementary School

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The proposed location of a new Fargo elementary school has some Fargo homeowners saying: "Not in my backyard or front yard."

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The proposed location of a new Fargo elementary school has some Fargo homeowners saying: "Not in my backyard or front yard."

But the school board says Ed Clapp Park is just the right spot for kids in that part town.

Cheryl Glasner says she enjoys living near the wide open green space of Ed Clapp park which is nestled in the middle of the Bluemont Lakes neighborhood.

Cheryl Glasner/Neighbor: "It's a beautiful park, we use it, and our neighbors use it."

She says she doesn't want to see that beauty become an overly-congested school zone.

The Fargo School Board hopes to build a new elementary school here.

But some neighbors aren't thrilled with the idea.

Some even say they would move if the project goes through.

One of the main concerns is traffic. Glasner says some of the roads that would lead to the school are too narrow for all those cars and busses coming through.

She says that threatens safety and convenience.

Glasner: "We would just be stuck in our driveways trying to get to work."

But school officials say it is the perfect spot.

Paul Meyers/School Board VP: "This location at Ed Clapp Park should be perfect for what we're trying to do."

The two-story K-5 school would serve about 450 students on the south side and would alleviate overcrowding at nearby Kennedy and Lewis & Clark.

The plans keep about two-thirds of the park as green space, and officials say they are carefully addressing the traffic needs.

Meyers: "This is about needing a quality place for students in town to get an education."

Glasner agrees that Fargo needs a new school, but says this is not the right place.

Glasner: "This area is landlocked. It is just not designed for a school."

Some residents have signed a petition they plan to present to the park board tomorrow, urging them not to sell the park to the school district.

A public meeting on the new school is scheduled for November 6th.

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