September 25, 2018 Bond Referendum

  • The $106.9 million bond referendum package includes a new high school, new middle school, art and gifted/talented classrooms, security upgrades, addition/renovation at Harwood Elementary School, addition at Horace Elementary School, and turf at all three high schools. The culmination of these seven projects will address the following challenges that the district and community are continuing to face:

    Increasing Enrollment

    Each year, West Fargo Public Schools gains an additional 500-600 new students. This trend has been occurring for nearly the last decade and is expected to continue through 2025. At the elementary school level, the district has the capacity of 5,768 students at 23 per class and 44 sections per grade. However, the district is expected to be well beyond elementary capacity by 2022-2023. At the middle school level, the district has a capacity of 2,600 students, but we will exceed capacity at Liberty Middle School already in the 2018-2019 school year. The high school level has a capacity of 3,100 students and will be surpassing that threshold in 2020-2021.

    Equal Opportunity Measures

    As we have grown, we have had to transition music, gifted and talented, health, and art classrooms into general education classrooms. Specialty classrooms do not exist at every elementary school, thus creating inequities in instructional time, student resources, and learning environments.

    Student and Staff Safety

    As the district has constructed new facilities, or renovated older buildings, we have made it a priority to meet a more stringent standard of safety in regard to how our buildings function. While significant work has been done in this area, there are still several schools that do not meet that higher standard of safety and security.

Bond Package Overview

Bond Package Breakdown

pie chart indicating the breakdown of the bond projects:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will parents have a chance to see how these projects will look on the site?

    Posted by West Fargo Public Schools on 8/13/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Yes, we have already received sample site plan for the new high school and middle school campus, as well as the internal building plans for the elementary school projects. As the construction process continues, the district will receive site plans, building plans, and aesthetic plans for all projects, which will in turn be shared with stakeholders in district publications and on social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn).

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  • Will West Fargo Public Schools always being building new schools and going out for bond? Will the growth ever stop?

    Posted by West Fargo Public Schools on 8/13/2018 11:00:00 AM

    According to both our internal and external projections, our enrollment should level off around 2025 with a total enrollment estimated to be near 14,000.

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  • What is the cost to the district for having a special election?

    Posted by West Fargo Public Schools on 8/13/2018 10:15:00 AM

    The special election is facilitated by Cass County, to whom we pay approximately $25,000 for the service.

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