August 19, 2022

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New elementary school boundary passes for south Fargo

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7 board users — Seth Holden, Tracie Newman, Robin Nelson, Jim Johnson, Rebecca Knutson, Nikkie Gullickson and Brian Nelson — voted in favor of the motion.

Board customers Jennifer Benson and David Paulson cast the dissenting votes.

To ease overcrowding, recent and upcoming Bennett Elementary pupils in the afflicted region would go to Centennial Elementary University starting up in the 2022-2023 university calendar year.

Currently, Bennett Elementary School has 642 learners, which can make it the premier elementary university in the district in the quickest-escalating section of the town, associate superintendents Robert Grosz and Missy Eidsness claimed.

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In September 2019, Bennett Elementary experienced 529 learners, which suggests the college has grown by far more than 100 students, Eidsness claimed.

“We had a jump of more than we anticipated at Bennett Elementary,” said Eidsness, adding that they prepared for about 612 college students for the 2021-2022 university calendar year.

Considering that the to start with studying on Oct. 26, all people in the Bennett Elementary space were notified, Superintendent Rupak Gandhi reported. All grandfathering challenges will be reviewed after an implementation approach is created, he stated.

“This is just directing the administration to establish the changeover plan and deliver it back again to us for approval,” Johnson said.

“The purpose of the boundary change is to free up capacity so we really do not have to develop on the existing land that we very own at a substantially bigger rate simply because it’s not flood guarded, or seem for a further piece of property for an elementary school that could also effect other colleges,” Gandhi stated.

“If we did this boundary modify now there would be that opportunity to grandfather all those students nonetheless at Bennett elementary faculty and still get the wanted effect that we want,” Gandhi claimed.

“This is component of a increased long time period system for the college district,” said Knutson. “This is to help with the large progress in far south Fargo.”

“Any time a district is suffering from progress, there will be boundary adjustments,” said Robin Nelson. “The most difficult selections I make as a college board member are boundary variations.”

Benson voted versus the boundary transform mainly because she felt the board experienced not supplied the movement ample dialogue.

“This stirs up the group and makes them come to feel like they are not component of the large photo, the very long assortment strategy,” Benson stated.

“We did have a incredibly, really complete discussion, and we had a selection of selections that ended up discussed,” Knutson mentioned. “The board has experienced a deep discussion about this, not only at a board assembly, but also at a get the job done session.”

Paulson didn’t aid the boundary transform due to the fact inside of two yrs the faculty will most possible be more than potential all over again.

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