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New Trinity Elementary School Breaks Ground

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Construction is now underway on a new $15.3 million dollar Catholic elementary school in West Fargo. Bishop John Folda with the Diocese of Fargo helped break ground on the new Trinity School at a special ceremony on Thursday.

"The one thing that is lacking is the presence of Catholic education in the parishes in this part of the metro area.  And so I think the desire all along has been to provide a Catholic school for the Catholic families," Bishop Folda said.

The new site, located at 2820 Bluestem Drive in West Fargo, is set to open to students in the fall of 2015. Administrators estimate about 300 students will go to Trinity Elementary, which will have two classrooms for each grade, a full sized gym, media center, and two outdoor activity spaces.

The project includes an adjoining kitchen to conduct a school lunch program and a shared parish hall to celebrate Mass on Sundays and to host other parish events. The campus will also include the Holy Cross Catholic Church parish hall and administrative offices and a daily Mass chapel to seat about 70 people.

For several years, church leaders and committee members have been examining ways to tackle the needs of a growing population in the West Fargo, Horace and Wild Rice communities.

"It's been talked about for a long time and different options were explored including building on the current location. Unfortunately the space there was inadequate and wouldn't work for the current needs and anticipated growth," said Bishop Folda. "With the additional elementary school and facility upgrades, we can successfully support Catholic advancement in this area. The entire faith community will benefit."
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