2019 Bond Referendum
Reimagining our Future for Growth and Learning
Vote: November 5, 2019
Moorhead is a growing community.
- Our community and the school district have been growing steadily since 2005.
- In the last five years K-8 enrollment has grown by more than 850 students, and new schools opened in 2017 to address K-8 capacity. Those students will be high school students in the coming years.
- The current Moorhead High School facility is more than 50 years old and lacks capacity and adequacy to meet the needs of today’s high school students.
Our grades 9-12 students deserve safe, inviting and inclusive learning environments that include:
- Safety and security with a welcoming entrance;
- Accessible classroom space for a growing student enrollment;
- Flexible learning spaces to promote collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity; and
- Performing arts space, athletic fields, and multi-purpose activity spaces for both student and community use.
To accommodate this growth and provide our students with the 21st century learning experiences they need to succeed, we engaged in an extensive community-driven high school facilities planning process.
As a result of the efforts of three community task forces, the rebuilt Moorhead High School design creates a 21st century learning environment, which would enable teachers to better personalize instruction to meet individual students’ needs, teach in state-of-the-art labs, and support students in music, art, physical education and elective courses.
If the Nov. 5 referendum is approved, the $110 million bond would provide for growth and learning by:
- Rebuilding Moorhead High School on the existing site; and
- Renovating the former Sam's Club building as a career academy to provide all secondary students with multiple opportunities to explore career pathways.
- If voters approve the school funding request, taxes would increase on the average-priced home ($200,000) by less than $8 per month.
- If voters do not approve the school funding request, secondary class sizes would increase as K-8 enrollment growth moves to the high school, and secondary students would learn in a less accessible, less efficient building.