Agassiz begins anew

On behalf of the District and School Board, Woodrow students Collin Koffler and Hayley Holte (left) accept a commemorative plaque from Chamber Ambassador Jay Nelson (center) during Thursday's ceremony.

A new chapter has begun in the Fargo Public Schools.

On Thursday, several hundred members of the community gathered at the newly remodeled Agassiz building, the District’s oldest, to celebrate its reopening and new role in local education.

Community members and students from Woodrow Wilson High School and the Adult Learning Center joined administrators, staff, and representatives of District and community programs for a ceremony, lunch and tours. The newly remodeled facility, closed for the past six months while renovations were being completed, began hosting educational programs in the late part of February. Woodrow and ALC students resumed classes in their new spaces this week.

Thursday’s program in Gym II included addresses by Board President (and Agassiz alum) Jim Johnson, FPS Superintendent Dr. Rick Buresh, Woodrow Principal Deb Dillon, ALC Director Pat Schroeder, ALC graduates Amar Hussein and Molly Riley, Woodrow students Collin Koffler and Hayley Holte, and keynote speaker (and Agassiz alum) Col. James Prochniak of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The ceremony concluded with a ribbon cutting and plaque presentation by the Chamber of Commerce, followed by a lunch in the cafeteria provided by the FPS Development Foundation.

In addition to hosting the above programs, Agassiz is now providing or renting space to the Even Start Family Literacy Program, English Language Learner Program, FPS Project inVEST, FPS School Psychology offices, FPS Development Foundation & Alumni Network, Central High School Alumni Association, South East Education Cooperative, and Fargo Police Department Cultural Liaison Office. The District will also use the building for staff professional development, meetings, and sub-varsity athletics.

Read a history of the Agassiz building, which opened in the fall of 1912.

View the Agassiz building tabloid insert, published in the Sunday, Mar. 4 edition of The Forum.

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