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Helmut Schmidt, Published February 11 2014

Mobility report shows Fargo lost 102 students in first four months of school year

FARGO – The Fargo School District had 202 students transfer into the district this fall, but another 304 transferred out from September to December, giving the district a loss of 102 students for the first four months of the school year.

Overall, the 506 students represent a movement of 4.6 percent of the district’s population of 10,900 students, Assistant Superintendent Bob Grosz told the School Board on Tuesday in a report on student mobility.

The district used percentages in the report to ensure anonymity for students in the smaller groups, Grosz said. (Percentages may not equal 100 due to rounding.)

Here’s the breakdown:

E Of the 135 kindergarten through fifth-graders who transferred in, 5 percent came from Moorhead, 28 percent from elsewhere in Minnesota and 30 percent from other states (but not North Dakota). Fourteen percent came from West Fargo and 17 percent from the rest of North Dakota. Four percent are from other countries and 1 percent each from home schools and private schools.

Of the 162 K-5 students who transferred out, 12 percent went to Moorhead, 21 percent elsewhere in Minnesota, and 30 percent to other states. Ten percent went to West Fargo and 25 percent to the rest of North Dakota. One percent each went out of the U.S., to home school or private school.

E Of the 36 students who transferred into the middle schools – grades six to eight – 8 percent came from Moorhead, 11 percent from elsewhere in Minnesota and 28 percent from other states (but not North Dakota).

Fourteen percent came from West Fargo and 28 percent from elsewhere in North Dakota. Six percent each are from out of the U.S. or private schools.

Of the 51 middle-school students who transferred out, 6 percent went to Moorhead, 22 percent elsewhere in Minnesota, and 33 percent went out of state (not North Dakota). Fourteen percent went to West Fargo and 18 percent to other school districts in North Dakota. Four percent went to private schools and 2 percent each to home schools or out of the country.

E Of the 31 students who transferred into one of the high schools – grades nine to 12 – 6 percent came from Moorhead, 23 percent from elsewhere in Minnesota and 35 percent from other states (not North Dakota). Three percent came from West Fargo and 19 percent from elsewhere in North Dakota. Ten percent come from out of the U.S. and 3 percent from private schools.

Of the 91 high school students who transferred out, 5 percent went to Moorhead, 19 percent elsewhere in Minnesota and 30 percent to other states (not North Dakota). Fourteen percent went to West Fargo and 24 percent elsewhere in North Dakota. Five percent are home schooled, and 1 percent each went to GED programs or dropped out.

In other business, the board was told that bids will be let next week for the new elementary school planned in Ed Clapp Park.

The school, which will be based on Kennedy Elementary’s design, is expected to cost about $15.8 million, Business manager Broc Lietz said. Some extra costs for the school are tied to improving soil conditions at the site, upgrades to adjacent soccer fields as part of the deal with the Park District to obtain the site and replacing parking for the Carlson Library.


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