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Paul Bourdeaux, Published March 21 2010

West Fargo needs the new schools

On Tuesday, West Fargo School District residents will have the opportunity to vote on a bond referendum that would supply $40 million for the building of new schools. I am truly hoping that West Fargo School District voters will go out and vote, and vote “yes.”

We need new schools. There is overcrowding at every level, from elementary to high school. Without new schools, average class size will grow to a record high of 28-29 kids per class. West Fargo High School is currently the largest high school in the state, and enrollment is going up every year.

I realize that there are some people who don’t want a second high school because they feel that it takes away from the community mentality that West Fargo is proud of. I understand and respect their concerns.

However, in trying to keep the small-community feel, we are subjecting our children to the anonymous number-not-a-student type of education that most would only expect to see in major metropolitan areas like the Twin Cities. We can do better than that.

I don’t want to subject our children to a second-rate education. Give the students the room they need to learn, give the teachers the room they need to teach, and give our wonderful city the room it needs to grow while still remaining a tight community.

I urge readers to vote “yes” on Tuesday.