Dec 21, 2012 at 8:35 am
A Grand Forks school committee has endorsed the location of a new south side elementary school. The school would sit on a nine acre site in the middle of a new proposed development south of 40th Avenue South and west of Columbia Road. The development in concept form would include 184 new single family homes plus multi-family units and commercial development extending as far south as 47th Avenue. The school would be built with 300 students in mind but could be expanded up to 600 as needed. The price-tag has been pegged at around 10-million dollars. A facilities committee of the school board voted two-to-one in favor of the plan. Board member Vicki Ericson cast the lone no vote. Ericson raised questions about the location of a nearby retention pond…the need for a traffic study…and whether the initial school project would meet student demand. The school would not open its doors until the fall of 2015 – one year later than originally planned. Thefull school board still needs to weigh in on the plan.