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Helmut Schmidt, Published September 24 2012

Sheyenne High School chooses official Mustang logo

WEST FARGO – Future Mustangs will no longer have to hold their horses when it comes to showing school pride.

The West Fargo School Board on Monday voted 6-0 to approve the Mustang logo for Sheyenne High School (which is being built with additions to the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center).

There will be several variations of the Mustang logo using two basic designs: either a stylized Mustang’s head, stretched as if galloping; or a full-body profile of a running horse. All of the designs use the royal blue, orange and white school colors.

Many of the logo variations include the words “West Fargo Sheyenne Mustangs.”

The logos were designed with input from staff, parents and students, Superintendent David Flowers said.

The board also voted unanimously to hire YHR Partners of Moorhead to be the architects for another elementary school south of Interstate 94.

The school is expected to cost about $9 million to build. The architectural fee is set at $450,000, Business Manager Mark Lemer said.

With all costs of furniture and fit-up included, the school will likely cost $11.3 million, Lemer said.

Freedom Elementary has cost a little more than

$10.4 million, though not all of the costs have been finalized, Lemer said.

Both of the elementary schools were authorized in an $82.5 million school bond vote in May 2011. The new school is being planned for a 12-acre site being purchased by the school district a half-mile east of Sheyenne and north of 40th Avenue South, documents indicate.

Lemer said the school will be based largely on the floor plan of Freedom Elementary, “but the building itself will have a very different look.”

Board member Dave Olson said bids for the school could be opened in February.

The target completion date is to have the school ready to open for fall 2014.

Olson said the school board’s planning and development committee has begun thinking about yet another elementary south of I-94 if home construction continues at its current pace. That school could cost $12 million, and Olson suggested it should be built using the district’s existing funding sources.

Sheyenne timeline

The academic wing for the future Sheyenne High School is planned for completion in fall 2013. The school will then house freshmen and sophomores.

Construction of another gymnasium and fine arts areas is expected to begin in the spring and be completed by fall 2014. The school will then house grades nine to 11.

Sheyenne will house grades nine-12 in fall 2015, if all goes as planned.

Olson said talks have started on when to change the name of the 9th Grade Center to Sheyenne High School. That may happen by next year, he said, since it will then house 10th-graders, too. Liberty Middle School, going up north of the 9th Grade Center, will open in fall 2013.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583