The Woodward News

November 6, 2013

Fargo holding school bond vote

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — A little over a year after a $14 million bond issue for Fargo Public Schools failed, some community members and the Fargo Public School Board of Education are presenting a trimmed down proposal that still addresses a failing, nearly 86 year old high school building, said Fargo Superintendent Terry Stevens.

On Nov. 12, Fargo School District patrons will vote to approve or disapprove what would be the first construction bond issue in about 35 years, since the elementary school was built, Stevens said.

The proposal, a $5,775,000, seven year bond issue would build a brand new high school that include a safe room that doubles as a band room, Stevens said.

The bond would pay off in seven years," Stevens said.

The proposal was the brainchild of a group of Fargo community members.

"The community expressed a desire after the last one failed to have the community design the school. The people who voted it down thought we needed to have the community have a say in what was built," Steven said. " So, people from the community met numerous times to talk about what we needed and to start looking at designs, hire architects and a construction manager. The entire bond project  was done by community members."

Stevens said it took over a year to achieve the final design.

Included in their vision is a newly constructed, 19,627 square foot high school with nine classrooms, a brand new up-to-date science classroom and a band room/safe room for tornadoes, Stevens said.

At present the building has all the problems that an 85-year-old building would suffer, Sevens said.

"We have a termite problem, we have drafty windows, not enough classroom space and everything else that old buildings have," he said.

According to Stevens, the goal of the community is to be able to prepare the school to continue educating students in Fargo for years to come, just as the historic school building has done through the last 85 years.