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Published December 18, 2013, 07:13 PM

Seven Fargo schools to be polling locations in March

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With that lockdown, and the recent Colorado School shooting, student safety is once again a hot topic. And Despite the safety concerns of some, Fargo schools are still opening their doors to the public. Seven area schools will double as polling locations for a special election in March.

By: Brian Abel, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With that lockdown, and the recent Colorado School shooting, student safety is once again a hot topic.

And Despite the safety concerns of some, Fargo schools are still opening their doors to the public.

Seven area schools will double as polling locations for a special election in March.

2006, that's the last time anyone has voted at a Fargo school for a primary or general election.

Cass County stopped using them because of student safety concerns.

But with the Fargo district being in charge of its own special election, voters will be returning to the hallways.

Dinah Goldenberg/President, Fargo School Board: "Obviously we want more people to have the opportunity to vote.”

A letter sent to the county by a concerned assistant to the superintendent sparked the decision to stop using schools as polling places.

School Board President Dinah Goldenberg says the board didn't agree with the decision then, and believes the students are still safe now.

Goldenberg: "Any of the schools that we use or plan to use for polling stations are all secured so that any voters coming in are only in the polling sites; don't have easy access to the rest of the school."

Goldenberg says they are working closely with Public officials to further insure student safety during voting hours.

Goldenberg: "Were working with the county and the police department to have security the necessary security in each of the buildings so that there won’t be any issues"

Polls will be open during school hours on March 11th.

The public will be voting whether to approve a school district excess mill levy.

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