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Liberty Middle School overcrowding will push 100 8th graders to high school early

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WEST FARGO—Overcrowding in a West Fargo middle school will push some kids into high school early.

Administrators say overcrowding is so bad at Liberty Middle School on the metro's south side that something needs to be done.

A group of West Fargo administrators gave their plan to the school board tonight, proposing 100 8th graders be moved a few blocks west to Sheyenne High School next year.

They're posing this as an academic opportunity for 8th graders.

Each student will be able to earn elective credits.

And to set parents' fears aside of 8th graders being mixed in with upper classmen, the kids will be taught by middle school teachers in four close-by classrooms.

They'll also have a separate lunch period than high schoolers.

The school plans to send letters to eligible students and families, and everyone who's interested will be put in a pool and be selected based off a lottery.

They did come up with FOUR other options.

Those were:

• To Keep kids in an elementary school.

• Move some kids to Cheney Middle School.

• Take students off site to a different facility.

• Or renovate offices and locker areas at Liberty.

Ultimately they say moving kids to the high school is the most cost effective and best use of resources.

Board members agreed and approved the proposal.

Amy Unrau

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