Quantcast

Update: Moorhead Schools Vote on Facilities Recommendations - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Update: Moorhead Schools Vote on Facilities Recommendations

Posted: Updated:

UPDATE: 10:45 PM FRIDAY

The Moorhead Public School District approved all nine proposed facilities recommendations Tuesday night. 


ORIGINAL

On Nov. 12, the Moorhead Area Public Schools Assistant Superintendent will propose nine short and long-term facilities recommendations for 2014 and 2015 to the school board at a 7 p.m. meeting.

The recommendations will help with Moorhead's growing enrollment.

"Our enrollment has increased and we're projecting it to continue to increase. We're basically out of classrooms at the elementary level," says Assistant Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak. "In fact, the next room we would have converted if we would have needed another kindergarten classroom, for example, would have been our board room. We're simply out of space," he says.

The nine recommendations are as follows:

Recommendation #1: Proceed with Robert Asp Elementary addition with construction to begin in the spring of 2014 at an estimated cost of $2.2 million.

Recommendation #2: Proceed with S.G. Reinertsen Elementary addition with construction to begin in the spring of 2015 at an estimated cost of between $2.2 and $2.5 million.

Recommendation #3: Proceed with Probstfield Center for Education addition with construction to begin in the spring of 2014 at an estimated cost of $4.3 million.

Recommendation #4: Convene an ad hoc study group to analyze current facility usage at Moorhead High School to determine the feasibility of using existing space in the high school to house programs that are currently in the Sports Center.

Recommendation #5: Replace the existing Moorhead High School track and install an artificial turf field with construction to begin in the spring of 2014 at an estimated cost of $1.54 million.

Recommendation #6: Explore alternatives to the district's current leased space arrangements.

Recommendation #7: Explore the feasibility of purchasing an additional parcel of land within the next two years.

Recommendation #8: Explore the feasibility of building a grade 5-6 building on the existing Horizon Middle School site and convert the district's elementary schools to a grades K-4 configuration.

Recommendation #9: Create a facilities task force to develop a long-range facilities plan with consideration given to recommendations 6-8.

The school board is able to pass a lease levy to address instructional space needs.

"One of the things we'll talk about is tax impact. For example, there's about 5.1 million of the lease levy method of paying for these projects . On a $200,000 home, that would be about $26 a year," says Kazmierczak.

Building a new facility, however, is a different matter.

"If we're going to talk about a school in a few years, that would be something that would be voted upon because that would be a new facility, it wouldn't be an addition," he says.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Gaza Cease Fire Crumbling

    Gaza Cease Fire Crumbling

    Gaza City (CNN) -- A cease-fire in Gaza unraveled Friday only hours after it took effect, with both sides accusing each other of violating the fledgling truce and the Israeli military saying one of its soldiers possibly was kidnapped.
    Gaza City (CNN) -- A cease-fire in Gaza unraveled Friday only hours after it took effect, with both sides accusing each other of violating the fledgling truce and the Israeli military saying one of its soldiers possibly was kidnapped.
  • Single-Game Bison Football Tickets On Sale Friday

    Single-Game Bison Football Tickets On Sale Friday

    Single-game tickets for North Dakota State University's six home football games go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1.
    Single-game tickets for North Dakota State University's six home football games go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1.
  • Pilot Killed in Lisbon, ND Plane Crash

    Pilot Killed in Lisbon, ND Plane Crash

    A pilot is dead after crashing his plane into a wheat field just northwest of Lisbon, ND.
    A pilot is dead after crashing his plane into a wheat field just northwest of Lisbon, ND.
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by 

WorldNowAll content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Valley News Live. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.