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The proposed design of the electronic sign requested by the Mustang Booster Club. The lettering at the base will actually read "West Fargo Sheyenne High School." Submitted photo

Board approves request for Mustangs electronic sign

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sports Fargo, 58102
Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

The West Fargo School Board approved a request from the Sheyenne Mustangs Booster Club on Monday night to install an electronic messaging sign at the corner of 40th Ave. and Veteran's Boulevard, where it would be most visible for the greatest number of people.

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The Booster Club was granted a tentative approval from the board, as they must still submit an application to the city of West Fargo to seek approval of the necessary variances and permits for the sign.

The triangular sign -- based on current design plans -- will be 17 feet nine inches tall, 94 inches wide and will have four advertising panels on each side.

"(The club) already has two committed advertisers," board member Dave Olson said. "It's on a great corner. It's great for our students and that building. I have to applaud them for what they have done in such a short time."

It will have a brick foundation which can double as a planting bed.

Should the city approve the Booster Clubs request, the school board will most likely vote to demolish the school's current sign, but could incorporate the letters from that sign to spell out "West Fargo Sheyenne High School" on the foundation of the new one.

The proposed sign would bring Sheyenne High School in parity with West Fargo High School, which has a similar electronic sign on the corner of Ninth Street and Seventh Avenue.

While there is no anticipated cost to the school district for the sign, business manager Mark Lemer says any cost that may come down the line will be "insignificant."

In Monday's meeting, the school board also:

-- authorized administration to purchase the NutriKids point of sale system, as well as their online payment system, for the district's food service program, replacing the district's now obsolete system.

The district's food service staff agrees that the NutriKids would serve as a better replacement than the Meals Plus system, their other option.

"We wanted to find a system that was very compatible," food service director Jan Sliper said. "We really liked what we saw with NutriKids."

The NutriKids system is significantly more expensive than Meals Plus up front, but no additional maintenance fee in the first year and a smaller fee than its competitor each year after that means NutriKids will cost the district less in the long run, even if it may take up to five years for savings to be apparent.

"From the standpoint of this system, Jan is making the decision not on a monetary basis, per se, but on the usability of each system," Lemer said.

The transition to the new system will be administered the week of Sept. 17.

-- approved a proposal from the city of West Fargo to install a well and wellhouse on the site of Sheyenne High School.

Another proposed location for a city well was on the east side of Veteran's Boulevard, but it was agreed that having the wellhouse within city limits was more ideal. The city is covering the cost of installing the well. In exchange for using district property, negotiations are taking place regarding the use of water at the Sheyenne location.

--awarded bids for musical instruments and equipment for the music department of the soon-to-open Liberty Middle School.

The instruments to be purchased bring Liberty's music department in line with that of Cheney Middle School. The total cost in $173,681.26, roughly $26,500 below the estimated budget. It would have been possible to select lower bids for certain items, but the district deemed it necessary to have as much of the equipment made by the same manufacturer -- in this case, Amati Intsruments -- as possible.

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