New Fargo elementary school taking shape

FARGO - The large structure taking shape near the Dr.

FARGO - The large structure taking shape near the Dr. James Carlson Library on 32nd Avenue South in Fargo will soon become Ed Clapp Elementary School.

The school, slated to be completed this summer, will have 25 classrooms for grades kindergarten through five.

One extra classroom is being built for overflow.

The total price tag for the building is expected to top $15 million.

In all, the building will boast more than 83,000 square feet of space.

While school officials say the new school will largely resemble other elementary schools in Fargo, the project is somewhat unique in that it is a team effort involving several organizations, including the Fargo Park District, which gave up a chunk of Ed Clapp Park for the school, and nearby Bethel Church, which will share its parking lot with the new school, eliminating the need for much additional paving.

Also, as part of the project, three soccer fields in Ed Clapp Park will be reconditioned.