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September 25 WFPS Bond Referendum Package

On Tuesday, September 25, West Fargo Public Schools will be hosting a special election to allow residents to vote on a $106.9 million bond referendum. The seven projects included in the bond package a high school, a middle school, synthetic turf, security upgrades, elementary specialty classrooms, addition/renovation at Harwood Elementary School, and an addition/renovation at Horace Elementary School - address the challenges that the district and community continue to face related to student and staff safety, increasing enrollment, and equal opportunity measures. Over the next six weeks, WFPS will highlight each project in an article or advertisement in the West Fargo Pioneer.

PROJECT: HIGH SCHOOL SYNTHETIC TURF

Our growing community and school district has experienced over 2,800 student-athletes participating in North Dakota sanctioned activities. Enthusiastic participation by our youth provides lifelong learning and leadership experiences, preparing them for future successes. Increased participation in the districts middle and high school athletics has limited the availability of viable practice and performance fields for students in the community. Overall, synthetic turf will increase students access to outdoor spaces for athletic, co-curricular, and educational needs.

COST DETAILS

The total projected cost of the high school synthetic turf is $3.0 million, or around 3% of the total bond package cost.

The project will bring a turf field to each of the three high schools: Sheyenne High School, West Fargo High School, and the third high school included in the bond package. The turf will host physical education classes and serve as the home for the schools soccer and football teams, and increase practice space for other outdoor activities.

Of the estimated annual net tax impact of +$15.80 per $100,000 home value, $0.44 will be associated with the high school synthetic turf project.

STANDARD FIELD VS. SYNTHETIC TURF

The district currently spends $20,000 per site to provide 45 hours of annual field usage. This breaks down to an hourly cost of $444.44 for use of the field at each high school.

Multi-purpose synthetic turf will decrease annual maintenance costs to $5,000 and increase the hours of usage to 1,260 per site. This breaks down to an hourly cost of $3.97, or a 99% decrease in hourly costs and a 2,700% increase in available usage. The turf has an estimated life span of 15 years.

EXPECTED USE

Physical education classes will see the most benefit from the installation of synthetic turf by using 42% of its anticipated annual usage. Co-curricular activities are expected to utilize 29%, followed by fitness training opportunities at 16%, community activities at 7%, and youth camps at 6% of the total annual usage.

For more information related to the West Fargo Public Schools bond referendum, please visit www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/2018bond, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or email info@west-fargo.k12.nd.us. Please get out and vote on September 25; six polling locations will be available throughout the district from 7:00AM - 8:00PM.

This is a paid endorsement letter to the editor.

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