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School building referendum passes by wide margin

News Fargo,North Dakota 58102
West Fargo Pioneer
School building referendum passes by wide margin
Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

It required a 60 percent majority to pass, but received quite a bit more.

On Tuesday, the West Fargo School District successfully got the public's consent for an $82.5 million building bond referendum. It was the third time the district had tried to pass a bond referendum in as many years.

But what failed to meet the grade in past elections was accepted by flying colors this go-round. By final tally, 70 percent of more than 7,400 votes cast favored the proposed plan.

During a special meeting of the school board Tuesday, official numbers from voters were presented for approval. Those numbers from the six polling sites were:

• Harwood City Hall: 184 "yes" votes out of 370 votes cast for 49.73 percent approval rating.

• Veterans Memorial Arena: 2,046 "yes" votes out of 3,081 total votes for 66.41 percent approval.

• Westside Elementary School: 806 "yes" votes out of 1,214 votes cast for 66.39 percent approval.

• Aurora Elementary School: 622 "yes" votes out of 700 total votes for 88.86 percent approval.

• Sheyenne 9th Grade Center: 972 "yes" votes out of 1,219 total votes cast for 79.74 percent approval.

• Horace Senior Center: 388 "yes" votes out of 599 total for 64.77 percent approval.

There also were 237 total absentee votes cast, with 176 voting "yes" for a 74.26 percent approval.

For more on the bond vote, as well as what's next for West Fargo Public Schools, pick up a copy of the June 1 edition of the West Fargo Pioneer and News.