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West Fargo Schools accepting name ideas for newest elementary school

WFPS is accepting name suggestions for its 15th elementary school.

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An artist's rendering of the commons area at what will be the West Fargo School District's newest school in Rocking Horse Farm.
Special to the Pioneer

WEST FARGO — Shovels will soon be hitting the ground in Fargo's Rocking Horse Farm neighborhood as the West Fargo School District prepares to open it's fifteenth elementary school, but first it will need a name.

The school district is asking the public to submit names for the district's newest elementary school to be built west of Veterans Boulevard and north of 52nd Avenue South in the Rocking Horse Farm Sixth Addition.

West Fargo Schools Public Relations Specialist Stephanie Hansen said name submissions will be accepted through Thursday, March 31 and can be made via an online submission form that can also be found on the district's website.

The process follows the same protocol the district has used to name the roughly one school it has opened each year in the past decade.

The name submissions will be gathered and then submitted to the seven-member school board. Each school board member will then select their favorite three names. School board members then rank the names individually and discuss those rankings at an April school board meeting.

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Initial review and selection of the submitted ideas is scheduled to occur at the School Board’s April 11 meeting, with the final voting and selection scheduled for the April 25 meeting.

Name submissions can fall into three categories:

  • Individuals — a famous local, state, or national figure who exemplifies courage, compassion, respect, honesty or other admirable traits.
  • Places — locations, landmarks, or topographical features related to the school site.
  • Symbolism — a word or words that capture the essence of the school.

The public has often suggested a school be named after former Superintendent Dr. David Flowers. However, according to district policy, the district cannot consider the name of a former school district employee or board member until at least two years after that person has retired or left the district. Flowers retired in 2018.
The Lodoen Education Center, which also houses the West Fargo Library and Community High School is Clayton Lodoen, a state senator and former West Fargo Mayor.

The Leidal Education Center, which houses district offices, is named for Marvin Leidal, a longtime West Fargo School superintendent along with L.E. Berger Elementary School, who was also a former West Fargo Superintendent.

However, the most recent schools to open such as Horace Heritage Middle School and Horace High School took a cue from their locations as did Willow Park Elementary, Deer Creek and Brooks Harbor, which were all named after the neighborhoods where they were built.

The district is hoping to open the new elementary school by the fall. However, worldwide supply chain issues and the rising costs of construction has had district officials concerned the school will not open in time.

As the West Fargo editor, Wendy Reuer covers all things West Fargo for The Forum and oversees the production of the weekly Pioneer.
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