UPDATE: 10:45 PM FRIDAY
The Moorhead Public School District approved all nine proposed facilities recommendations Tuesday night.
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.