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Published December 14, 2011, 05:35 PM

Wilder Elementary Parents Want to Convince School Board to Keep it Open

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Wilder school neighborhood parents want to convince the Grand Forks school board to keep Wilder open.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Wilder school neighborhood parents want to convince the Grand Forks school board to keep Wilder open. They got together tonight to review what was discussed at the Wilder Task force meeting earlier today and their concerns for what would happen if the school closed.

After the Task Force met earlier today to discuss future plans for Wilder Elementary School, the big question for parents now in Northside neighborhoods is what's next?

"Dying, we're shriveling, that's far from the truth in fact it's a flourishing community," said parent, Lucas Kindseth.

One of the main reasons why discussion to close Wilder Elementary School began is because of the supposedly dwindling population size, but parents say important information from the census and birth rate statistics are missing.

"Their numbers are skewed, all the scenarios that they run are skewed, clearly the numbers suggest that the Wilder population will if anything will be over capacity within 5 to 7 years," said parent, Eric Burin.

"An increase in population in the north-end just from observation, the number of young children running around at my house and at all of the houses around the area," said Kindseth.

And that's what they need to get across to the school board

"The north end does not have a population problem it has a perception problem," said Burin.

Parents want to change the perception that Northside neighborhoods are shrinking. In fact they say census information suggests the school will be at full capacity within a few years.

"It would be irrational to close a school during a period of growth and it wouldn't only hurt the north-end but it would also hurt all of grand forks, what effects one neighborhood is going to effect all the neighborhoods," said Burin.

Parents say, instead of anger and tears, there's more excitement in Northside communities because they know that numbers and time are on their side. 54% of parents took their kids out of Wilder because they're concerned about the future of the school. They hope to change other parents minds with census and birth rate information.

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