Helmut Schmidt, Published April 22 2011
West Fargo teachers union backs $82.5 million school construction referendumWEST FARGO – The union representing West Fargo School District teachers and education support professionals has thrown its support to an $82.5 million school construction bonding plan.
Union members overwhelming support passage of the bond vote on May 24, said West Fargo Education Association President Joan Connor.
She said 99 percent of members favored it in a recent email survey.
The union also has joined its efforts with the citizens’ group West Fargo VOICE (Volunteers Organized in the Interest of Children’s Education), and has donated funds to education efforts, she said.
Connor called the stance “historic” for the union, because overt support for a bond issue hasn’t been made in the memory of past presidents she’s contacted.
If approved by voters, the bond issue would be used to build a new 1,200-student middle school, turn the Sheyenne center into a second high school with the construction of a 900-student addition, build a 550-student elementary school immediately and a second 550-student school as needed, and create a ninth-grade wing in the current high school.
Two previous bond votes have failed.
Two public meetings are planned before the vote.
The first meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the theater of West Fargo High School, 801 9th St. E.
The second meeting is at 7 p.m. May 19 in the commons of Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center, 800 40th Ave. E.
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