The Hillsboro School Board agreed Thursday to ask property owners in the area whether they have land for sale that potentially could house a new school.
The board approved a request from Superintendent Paula Suda to run an ad in the Hillsboro Banner requesting that landowners contact the district if they have suitable land available.
Suda said Hillsboro High School remains large enough to handle the district’s current enrollment. However, the 56-year-old building has seen increased maintenance costs and the district could see an enrollment spike from the up-and-coming Riverwalk Development west of Interstate 29, Suda said.
“With the new housing development, now is a good time to be looking ahead so we’re not jumping into something before we need it,” Suda said.
In addition to seeking a site for a new school, board members agreed to hire a Wisconsin firm to study the district’s demographics and pinpoint enrollment trends in the district.
Estimated to cost $5,000 to $12,000, the study will collect data from birth rates to Riverwalk’s impact to other factors – such as construction of Amazon’s distribution center being built north of Fargo – that could boost Hillsboro’s enrollment.
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