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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 few weeks, WFPS will highlight each project in an article or advertisement in the West Fargo Pioneer.

PROJECT: SECURITY UPGRADES

As the district has constructed new facilities, or renovated older buildings, we have made it a priority to meet a more stringent standard of safety. While significant work has been done in this area, there are still several schools that do not meet that higher standard of safety and security.

COST DETAILS

The total projected cost of the security upgrades project is $4.1 million, or around 4% of the total bond package cost. Of the estimated annual net tax impact of +$15.80 for a $100,000 home value, $0.61 will be associated with the security upgrades project.

SECURED ENTRANCES

New single-point entrances will be constructed at Westside, South, Eastwood, L.E. Berger, and the Early Childhood Center. This provides another checkpoint before visitors gain building access during the school day.

SECURITY UPGRADES

All elementary schools are in need of security camera upgrades and installation of a blue light system, both of which our secondary buildings were able to receive through the 2015 bond referendum. The blue light system is a visual indicator placed in noisy and heavily trafficked areas of the building where a PA announcement of a lockdown may not be heard. Another potential upgrade under consideration would be the installation of bullet-resistant film for our main entrances and glass-walled rooms with high occupancy loads.

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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