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Helmut Schmidt, Published January 03 2013

Name set, but cost, opening date uncertain for next Catholic elementary

WEST FARGO – The name of the next Catholic school in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area has been chosen, but other particulars, such as cost and when it will open here are still being worked out.

Plans for Trinity Elementary are being put together by a steering committee including members of Holy Cross, Blessed Sacrament and St. Benedict’s churches, said Michael Smith, superintendent of the Blessed John Paul II Catholic Schools Network.

The school will be at the planned new home of Holy Cross Catholic Church, a 14-acre site south of Interstate 94 and west of Veterans Boulevard in West Fargo.

Holy Cross now shares a building with Lutheran Church of the Cross at 1420 16th St. E.

Trinity would be the third elementary in the JPII Catholic Schools Network, joining Holy Spirit and Nativity schools in Fargo.

Former Fargo Diocese Bishop Samuel Aquila announced plans about two years ago to build two elementary schools in West Fargo, to serve growing populations in the west and southwest metro areas.

In 2011, Diocese of Fargo officials said those plans had changed to one larger elementary school with two classes per grade, rather than the single class per grade in the original two-school plan.

The diocese also plans to move St. Benedict’s Church from Wild Rice to property at County Road 17 and 64th Avenue South, north of Horace. The need to build an elementary school at that site will be re-evaluated in 2020.

“We want to open up (Trinity) as soon as possible. We see a need there, and those parishes want a school,” Smith said.

Trinity Elementary may also serve students from Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Smith said.

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

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