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Fargo Public Schools eyeing land near Davies High School

The Fargo Board of Education is considering purchasing 76.3 acres of development land near Davies High School for approximately $2.2 million. Image courtesy of Goldmark Real Estate1 / 2
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FARGO — To accommodate growth in south Fargo, the Board of Education is looking at purchasing land near Davies High School.

On Tuesday, March 13, board members considered the recommendation of the district's planning committee to pursue making an offer on two parcels of land along 76th Avenue South.

Goldmark Real Estate is asking approximately $2.2 million for 76.3 acres south of Davies.

Board members unanimously voted Tuesday to proceed with soil testing to ensure the land is suitable for future development.

Kristi Ulrich, who serves as planning committee chair, said test results would be available by the first planning committee meeting in April. She said she "doesn't anticipate any trouble" with the soil since the property has been undevelopment and used as farmland.

The board would then move ahead with negotiations and purchase the land, contingent on test results.

Ulrich said there is "no intention or timeline" of what would be developed on the property, but the district is being "proactive" in preparing for future growth in south Fargo as part of the district's long-range facility plan.

On Tuesday, Ulrich was also named vice president of the school board.

Members voted via paper ballot to fill a vacancy created Feb. 27 when former vice president Rebecca Knutson was appointed to the role of president after the board voted to remove Jim Johnson as president following another member's accusations of bullying.

Ulrich was first elected to the board in 2016. Her term expires in 2020. She will continue serving as planning chair as well as vice president. She also serves as the executive director of Face It TOGETHER Fargo Moorhead, a community addiction management organization.

Kim Hyatt

Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.

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