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Groundbreaking will be held on Catholic school, church

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at noon on April 24 for West Fargo’s first Catholic elementary school and a new site for one of the largest churches.

The dual-purpose building will be built on a roughly 12-acre site at 2820 Bluestem Drive, which will be the home of Holy Cross Catholic Church and Trinity Elementary School.

Construction on the 76,000 square-foot site is expected to be finished by next year.

Bishop John Folda of the Diocese of Fargo said the $15.3 million project has been in the works for seven years, while West Fargo has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the diocese.

The school must be ready for occupancy by July 15, 2015 and the sanctuary is expected to be finished around that time as well.

The new school will have space for two classes (composed of up to 30 students) each of pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, and will feature a full gym, media center and two outdoor play areas.

The church and school will share an adjoining kitchen and dining area, where students will be served lunch and parishioners can attend events on Sundays.

The school will join the Blessed John Paul II Catholic Schools Network, which is composed of four schools in Fargo: Holy Spirit and Nativity Elementary, which serve kindergarten through fifth grade, Sullivan Middle School for grades six through eight, and Shanley High School in Fargo.

Trinity Elementary School will accommodate West Fargo, Horace and Wild Rice residents.

Holy Cross will move from its current building at 1420 16th St. E. in West Fargo to a new site that will have a main sanctuary that can seat about 1,000, which is double the worship space available now.

The new church building will have room for additional offices and a separate daily Mass chapel that can seat 70.

The district and Holy Cross Church will pay the cost of construction for the buildings.