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Lori Althoff , Published June 07 2009

Vote ‘yes’ Tuesday for our children

The city of West Fargo is no longer a small town – it is truly a city and one that continues to grow.

No matter where you look within our great community, there is evidence of this growth. This growth is nowhere more obvious than in our schools.

In the fall when the school year begins, we’ll have 13 schools. Just five years ago, we had nine. Aurora Elementary, opened just two years ago, is already over capacity.

Just take a drive south of West Fargo, and you’ll see why.

Next fall, several first grade classes will be moved to the new Kindergarten Center to help create space at Aurora. Our middle school has been crowded for at least a couple of years and next fall, approximately 200 sixth- and seventh-grade middle school students have chosen to attend the Lodeon center to participate in the STEM program, while about 80 additional eighth-graders have chosen to attend Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center to help relieve overcrowding.

Our high school, just grades 10-12, will have mire than 1,400 kids next fall, which is 200 too many. It is truly a great testament to our schools that they continue to grow. As a community, we have long supported excellence for all of our schools. There is no reason to stop now – we need to continue to support our schools.

Let’s do it for the children of our community; after all, they do represent our future. Vote “yes” Tuesday. It’s the right thing to do for our kids.