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Community invited to celebrate new and renovated K-8 schools

April 11, 2018

Moorhead Area Public Schools will celebrate the opening of the district’s six new or newly renovated K-8 schools with open houses and a celebration of schools and dedication on Saturday, April 21.

Open houses from 9-10:30 a.m. at six school facilities will provide community members with an opportunity to tour the K-8 schools. Schools and their addresses are:

  • Horizon Middle School East Campus, 3601 12th Ave. S., Door E1
  • Horizon Middle School West Campus, 3601 12th Ave. S., Door W1
  • Dorothy Dodds Elementary School, 4400 24th Ave. S.
  • Ellen Hopkins Elementary School, 2020 11th St. S.
  • Robert Asp Elementary School, 910 11th St. N.
  • S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School, 1201 40th Ave. S.

Community members are invited to the celebration of schools and dedication at 11 a.m. April 21 in the Horizon Middle School Performing Arts Center, 3601 12th Ave. S., Moorhead. The celebration features music and theatrical performances by students of all ages and messages from school district and community representatives.

About the construction projects
The community and school district have been growing steadily since 2005 and that growth is projected to continue. To accommodate this growth and provide students with the 21st century learning experiences they need to succeed, Moorhead Area Public Schools engaged in an extensive community-driven facilities planning process in 2014-15.

The facilities task force process created a 10-year Facilities Master Plan for the district to address current and future needs. This plan led to the Nov. 3, 2015, bond referendum to invest $78.2 million in renovation of existing schools and construction of new space.

The bond referendum provided for growth and learning by:

 

  • Adding secure entries in school buildings;
  • Creating adequate and appropriate learning environments for students from early childhood through grade 8;
  • Building a K-4 elementary;
  • Building a grades 5-6 school connected to Horizon Middle School to create a shared grades 5-8 campus reducing transitions for students;
  • Building an auditorium for school and community use at Horizon Middle School; and
  • Returning Probstfield Center for Education to an early childhood and district education center focused on the needs of our youngest learners.

 

The new Dorothy Dodds Elementary School, the new Horizon Middle School West Campus for grades 5-6, and the three newly renovated elementary schools opened Sept. 5 for the 2017-18 school year. Construction continued at Horizon West with the north academic completed at the end of 2017 and the Horizon performing arts center to be completed in April 2018.

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