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West Fargo schools lay groundwork for bond vote

The West Fargo School Board, following up on its recent decision to ask voters for $82.5 million in bonding to turn Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center into a high school and build three other schools, did some pre-bond vote housekeeping Thursday.

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The West Fargo School Board, following up on its recent decision to ask voters for $82.5 million in bonding to turn Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center into a high school and build three other schools, did some pre-bond vote housekeeping Thursday.

The board unanimously voted to set the bonding authority sought, ballot language, and the poll sites for the May 24 vote.

The board voted:

  • To seek $82.5 million in general obligation school building bond authority from voters to expand Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center into a high school, build a new middle school and two elementary schools, and equip the buildings, buy land and add co-curricular and athletic facilities. Backing those bonds is taxable property assessed at $1.77 billion. The district's bonded debt is listed as $57,260,100, minus $1,686,887 on hand for payment.

  • The second vote set polling places and ballot language. The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. at Harwood Community Center, Westside Elementary School, Veterans Memorial Arena, Horace Senior Center, Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center and Aurora Elementary School.

The official ballot question reads: "Shall West Fargo Public School District No. 6, Cass County, North Dakota, issue its general obligation bonds in the amount not to exceed $82,500,000 for the purpose of providing funds, together with any other funds available, to expand, renovate, remodel and equip the 9th grade center into a high school; to construct and equip a new middle school and new elementary schools; to construct and equip additions to school buildings; to remodel, renovate, improve and equip school buildings; to purchase land and acquire property for school purposes; to make site improvements to school property; and to construct, remodel, improve and equip co-curricular and athletic facilities? Yes or No."
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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