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Letter to the Editor: WFEA supports school bond referendum

The West Fargo Education Association (WFEA) has made a historic decision to publicly support the West Fargo Public Schools' Long Range Facilities Plan.

At a March WFEA Representative Assembly, the building representatives voted to support this plan, which will also serve to provide adequate space for students and staff to achieve the 21st Century learning goals that are envisioned in the school district's Strategic Plan. The results of a WFEA survey revealed an overwhelming response of 99 percent of the association members composed of classroom teachers and educational support professionals support the building plan.

This plan involves adding space at every level to provide for projected increases in enrollment over the next five years and beyond. The plan consists of: building one elementary school for 550 students as soon as possible; building a second elementary school when continued growth dictates the need; building a middle school to accommodate 1200 students; building a 900 student addition to Sheyenne 9th Grade Center; and renovating the current high school to accommodate a 9th grade center approach.

The West Fargo High School and the expanded Sheyenne Center would each become separate high schools serving students in grades 9-12.

The WFEA and the West Fargo Volunteers Organized in the Interest of Children's Education (VOICE) organizations are uniting their efforts to support and promote the upcoming bond-referendum.

The WFEA and VOICE recognize that it is in the best interest of the district's youth for the organizations to come together and communicate the critical needs for additional space for quality educational environments throughout all of the grade levels. The WFEA consists of educators and VOICE consists of parents who believe in order to have an educated community, the citizens must support the education of our youth by passing the bond referendum on May 24.

Joan Connor

WFEA President