Independence day: A peek inside West Fargo’s newest school
West Fargo School Board members got the first peek at the district’s newest school, Independence Elementary, on Monday.
The roughly $11 million facility can house up to 550 students.
“It looked great,” board President Patti Stedman said.
She said although it’s the same floor plan as other schools, minor changes and unique color schemes give Independence a feel for its namesake.
“The minor changes they made really made it its own school,” Stedman said.
Principal Mike Shea said about 467 students are expected to be enrolled at Independence when school starts on Aug. 25.
The district was expecting about 470 additional students this year, on top of the 488 newly enrolled during the 2013-14 school year.
Between new buildings and additions, the West Fargo School District has added 1,011,462 square feet of space since 2004. Another 66,403 square feet was built between 1994 and 2004.
If current estimates hold, the district will be at capacity in the high schools with 3,100 students by 2020.
While the school is done and work continues on Legacy Elementary in
The Wilds subdivision – another south of I-94 that crews broke ground on
earlier this year – construction is also ongoing on 40th Avenue South,
which will make first-day drop-offs tricky for some.
Crews have been working on 40th Avenue South from Sheyenne Street to the bridge over 50th Street all summer. The road is now open between 50th Street and Veterans Boulevard but work from Veterans to Sheyenne is not yet done.
A delay in equipment arrival pushed back the schedule.
Traffic to Independence can use 36th Avenue and traffic to the new Sheyenne High School should use Veterans Boulevard for easiest access.
Road construction is slated to wrap up in October.
Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt contributed to this report.