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Largest Kindergarten Class in West Fargo Starts Their First Day

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It's a big day for West Fargo Schools, parents and more than 800 first time school goers.

A grand total of 836 kindergartners started their very first day of school Thursday morning. Split between just two schools, 424 will attend Lodoen Kindergarten Center on the cities north side and 412 will attend the Osgood Kindergarten Center that serves the cities south side.

Osgood was built for the south side growth in 2009 but Principal, Dr. Darren Sheldon, says they've had construction just about every summer in an effort to keep up.

"This last year was our smallest construction, were we added on two classrooms and two offices, but yeah it's been construction most every summer for all the growth out here on the south side of interstate, we've needed to do that."

That construction has added a total of eight new classrooms, a gym, an addition to the playground and new office space.

Space, that teachers like Heidi Hausauer, say is critical to the education of these students.

"Space is a big thing when you have little people, they need somewhere to go and space that's their own and we also need to accommodate the additional staff that it takes to work with those children," said Hausauer.

That new gym built two years ago is the size of two volleyball courts and one basketball court. Physical Education teacher, Josh Svor, says having a gym that size is already paying for it self.

"To have this gym is just amazing the kids can run around we can play games we can have two classrooms in here instead of just one like we always had to have in the commons, so it's growing and it's good," said Svor.

As that growth continues, the Osgood Kindergarten is not expected to grow but this last addition was also not expected.

"We're the largest school in the district now at the elementary level as far as classroom space, so I do not believe we're going to add but you never say never," said Sheldon.

The West Fargo School District is currently building a new elementary school on 40th Ave. South. That school will open next fall and already has every seat spoken for, set to house about 550 students.  

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