December 12, 2018
Several months into the collaborative decision-making process, the High School Facilities Task Force for Moorhead Area Public Schools is weighing options to address capacity and adequacy of high school facilities for the next 25 years.
In March 2018, the Moorhead School Board accepted the Designing Moorhead High School’s 21st Century Academic/Instructional Program Task Force Report, which includes the Portrait of a Graduate. One of the recommendations was to form a High School Facilities Task Force.
The facilities task force was formed in August 2018 with representatives of stakeholders in the district, including community members, high school students, School Board members, and district and school employees. The task force was charged with reviewing the 2015 Facilities Master Plan and 2018 Portrait of a Graduate to provide the School Board with recommendations concerning the district’s high school facilities.
The district’s K-8 enrollment has increased by more than 850 students over the past five years. Based on enrollment projections, capacity is needed to accommodate additional high school students. Work done last year by the Designing Moorhead High School’s 21st Century Academic/Instructional Program Task Force indicated lack of adequacy in the current facilities with a need for appropriate, flexible learning spaces for 21st century learning.
The task force is reviewing details for these options:
- New building on a new site for 2,400 students,
- Building replacement on existing site for 2,400 students, and
- Two sites (building replacement on existing site and new building on new site) for 1,200 students each.
Additionally, the task force has begun discussion about a possible career and technical center, which could be a partnership with business and industry for workforce development and could be built in conjunction with another option.
Results from a community survey conducted in mid November provide insight into community members’ views and opinions on the various options and features that could be considered. The task force reviewed the community survey results Dec. 12 and is working to finalize a recommendation to present to the School Board in January or February 2019.
Following action by the School Board, a separate committee will be formed to work on conceptual design activities related to the facilities option. This will look at design drivers identified by the task force that support and enhance the Portrait of a Graduate, such as welcoming, engaging and secure spaces; flexible spaces with natural light and versatile furnishings; and spaces that support personalized, student-centered learning.
The School Board will take action on the date and scope of a bond referendum by the summer of 2019. Construction of a high school facility would take approximately two and a half to three years.
December 7, 2018
Moorhead High’s Sam Zimmerman dribbles the ball to the net to set up a shot during the Nov. 27 girls basketball game. The Spuds won their season home opener 82-57 against the DGF Rebels.
December 6, 2018
Moorhead High’s Ava Kistner scores the second goal for the Spuds during the Nov. 27 girls hockey game against East Grand Forks. With just over five minutes left in the game, Kistner’s goal forced the game into overtime. After the eight-minute overtime period, the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
November 29, 2018
Moorhead Area Public Schools had its beginning in April 1873 when the Clay County Commissioners approved a motion to begin a school district in Moorhead. The first 50 years of the Moorhead Schools saw the construction of a number of elementary school buildings and the first Moorhead High School.
November 26, 2018
Moorhead High’s Drew Syverson fires a shot at the goalie during the girls hockey season opener Nov. 13 at the Moorhead Sports Center.
November 21, 2018
Four graduates were inducted into the Moorhead High School Hall of Honor at a recognition ceremony last month. The 2018 inductees are Brad Atchison, Chuck Gulsvig, Dr. Lynne A. Kovash and Dr. Glenn R. Melvey.
November 20, 2018
With a history spanning more than 140 years, the story of Moorhead Area Public Schools is detailed on a 50-foot-long historical timeline in the lobby of Horizon Middle School’s Performing Arts Center. Representatives of graduating classes from each decade from 1940 to 2030 cut the ribbon to dedicate the history wall on Oct. 30.
November 19, 2018
Students from Adult Basic Education and Concordia College exchanged their stories to build empathy as part of a Narrative 4 experience last month.
November 19, 2018
Students, families and staff members at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School raised $923.48 for the United Way through the school’s fifth annual penny war in October.
November 16, 2018
Rob Bye, chair of the Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation, accepts donations from Rebecca Darling and Andrea Olson with AgCountry Farm Credit Services as part of their workplace-giving program.
November 15, 2018
This fall speaker David Flood challenged Horizon Middle School East Campus and West Campus students to look at people on the inside.