Rachael Van Horn
Woodward, Okla. —
In what Fargo Schools Superintendent Terry Stevens might term a happy and healthy victory, a nearly $6 million school bond issue was approved by nearly 70 percent of Fargo School District voters Tuesday night.
The win opens the door for a new high school in what is the first construction bond issue to be approved in 35 years since the building of the elementary school, according to Stevens.
"We are thrilled," he said Wednesday morning. "This is great for the kids and great for building a new school and taking the school into the future."
According to Stevens, the bond pays off in seven years and the first bonds will be sold around the last part of November.
"So if you count getting architectural drawings done and hiring a construction manager and then getting the bids out, we could be breaking ground in June or July," Stevens said.
The bond issue will fund a 19,627 square foot high school with nine classrooms, a brand new up-to-date science classroom and a band room/saferoom for tornadoes, Stevens said.
The entire punch list of needs for the school and the way it was designed was the sole work of a group of volunteer community members and Fargo School District patrons, Steven said.