Helmut Schmidt, Published August 20 2013
Oak Grove opens with enrollment increase; Central Cass numbers stableFARGO – Oak Grove Lutheran School started school Tuesday with 441 students in grades K-12, up 36 from last fall.
The elementary school had 178 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, the middle school had 102 students and the high school had 161 students, Director of Admissions Deb Lackmann said.
Temperatures in the high 90s failed to wilt students’ enthusiasm, she said.
“A lot of energy on both campuses,” she said.
Preschool has been a big draw, with about 66 children enrolled, elementary school Principal Josh Kading said.
An expansion of the elementary school provided enough room to clear a big chunk of the preschool waiting list, Kading said. It also allowed room for smaller kindergarten and first-grade classes.
Central Cass School District started school on Monday.
Superintendent Mark Weston said enrollment is stable, with about 807 students this fall compared with 804 last year.
Weston said the elementary school classes are larger than in the past, signaling growth ahead for the school district, especially if families from the Fargo-Moorhead area look to Casselton to live.
“In five, six or seven years, we could be at 900 or 1,000 kids here,” Weston said.
He said bids will be opened next week for an elementary school gymnasium addition, with the hope of starting construction this fall.
Northern Cass School District starts classes today.
Fargo Public Schools and the Blessed John Paul II Catholic Schools Network each begin their school year on Thursday.
Moorhead’s Park Christian School starts on Monday, while West Fargo Public Schools begin classes on Tuesday.
Moorhead’s public schools, St. Joseph’s School in Moorhead, and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District start school on Sept. 3.
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