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Fargo Park District Approves Plan For Ed Clapp Elementary School

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The Fargo School District received good news. The Fargo Park District gave them the go to move forward on plans to build a new elementary on Ed Clapp Park. These five board members sitting side by side were sensitive to the concerns of the growing school district and the public.

Over a year ago, the Fargo School District began thinking of ways to address overcrowding in schools. They found the Bluemont Lake community could benefit from a neighborhood elementary. 

As plans were revealed to the public so were their concerns.

Ron Sorvaag, President of the Fargo Park Board says neighbors are mainly concerned about the traffic.

Some Bluemont Lake residents feel that streets are already congested and building a new school would add more to their busy roads.

The situation was an emotional one for members of the Ed Clapp family.

"My father just died this year," says Ben Clapp.

A well respected Fargo business man and veteran, Colonel Clapp was rooted in the city's civic life. Before his passing, Colonel Ed Clapp's last wish was to name an elementary school in his honor.

"I'm emotional over it because it was near and dear to him and all of us in the family," says Ben.

Colonel Clapp's wish came true tonight.

Park Board President Roger Gress laid out his cards to the commission. As a way to soften the public pushback, a traffic study will be done through the help of an outside firm. 

On the conditions that the school district mitigates concerns residents have, the motion passes and the Fargo School District can move forward.  The park board and the school district will meet to determine how the park district will be compensated for the five acres of land. Now that a decision has been reached, the school district can break ground. Ed Clapp Elementary is expected to open in spring 2015. 

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