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Increased Enrollment in the Fargo Public School District

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Police are asking drivers to get back into the habit of watching for kids on the way to and from school. Classes start Thursday for kids in Fargo.

Extra officers will be on patrol Thursday and Friday around Fargo schools to ensure safety and to help remind drivers of reduced speed zones around schools.

Fargo Schools Superintendent Doctor Jeff Shatz says it's another year of enrollment increases across the district.  

Overall district enrollment is up from 10,857 students on last year's first day of school to 11,077 students; an increase of 220 students.  The 220 student increase is near the projections the demographic consultant RSP & Associates anticipated for this school year.

This year's Kindergarten class of 998 students is the largest the Fargo Public Schools has seen since 1967. 

The strongest growth occurred in the elementary buildings. North side elementary buildings are up by 56 overall:

  • Horace Mann/Roosevelt added 33 students 
  • Longfellow added 8 students
  • McKinley added 12 students
  • Washington added 15 students

Central elementary buildings are up by 182 overall:

  • Clara Barton/Hawthorne added 26 students 
  • Jefferson lost 9 students
  • Lewis & Clark added 48 students
  • Lincoln added 42 students

South elementary buildings are near stable, up 9 overall:

  • Bennett lost 26 students 
  • Centennial added 6 students
  • Kennedy added 29 students

Secondary schools north of Main Avenue show the largest decline in student enrollment

  • Ben Franklin Middle School lost 47 students 
  • North High lost 38 students

Again this year, the strongest area of growth is seen in the buildings south of Main Avenue. The four elementary schools and one middle school between Main Avenue and 32 Avenue show the most growth:

  • Elementary schools added 182 students (see above)
  • Carl Ben Eielson Middle School added 29 students

Schools south of 32 Avenue show growth overall

  • Elementary schools show slight growth overall, added 9 students (see above)
  • Discovery Middle School added 14 students 
  • Davies High School added 55 students
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