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Amy Rand, Fargo, Published March 14 2013

Letter: A clarification of school article

I appreciated the article about the Fargo School Board meeting held March 12. I want to clarify my own remarks to the board, which were misrepresented in the article as referring to “small class sizes” rather than “small neighborhood schools.”

Though small class sizes have proved to be beneficial, this was not my focus. In fact, Fargo class sizes vary little and are smaller than the national average, for which we can be grateful to our school district. My remarks had emphasized small neighborhood schools and the research that supports those.

This is not a north Fargo versus south Fargo issue. If we really care about our students and neighborhoods, we should maintain existing schools in the urban core neighborhoods, solve the urgent overcrowding problems at Kennedy and require city and district leaders to plan together for new neighborhood schools in anticipation of the expected population boom in far south Fargo.