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Board reads latest sex offender policy

A policy to control the access of sex offenders to West Fargo School District school properties and vehicles got its first reading with the School Board Monday.

A policy to control the access of sex offenders to West Fargo School District school properties and vehicles got its first reading with the School Board Monday.

The policy addresses parents and nonparents who are sex offenders, and students considered sex offenders, including those with disabilities. It mirrors state law, board President Duane Hanson said.

The sex offender policy allows a parent to transport the child to school, attend conferences or individual education plan meetings, and other events decided case-by-case by the superintendent.

Nonparent sex offenders can vote and attend open meetings. Again, the superintendent would determine any other allowable situation.

The board also received an update on options studied by a kindergarten building advisory group.

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Hanson said the board will decide Jan. 14 on an option to build kindergarten space to handle full-day classes.

Among the options most favored by the advisory group in a poll were building a new kindergarten center capable of teaching 300 students at a site away from the current center, or building an addition at the West Fargo Kindergarten Center, but not attached to the Lodoen Center next door.

Other options call for an addition to the kindergarten center attached to the Lodoen Center, a kindergarten wing at Aurora Elementary or a new 600-student super-kindergarten center.

Business Manager Mark Lamer said the district would have almost $6 million available to pay for construction without requiring a referendum. Most of the options are estimated to cost $4.5 million to $6 million, but a super- kindergarten center could cost $9 million to $10 million, figures from architects YHR Partners of Moorhead show.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583

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Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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