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Grand Forks School district to host event marking closure of West Elementary

Community picnic with building tours, inflatable games, food trucks planned for 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18

West Elementary School
West Elementary School in Grand Forks.

A celebration to mark the closure of West Elementary School will include a picnic and tours of the building from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18.

An official program, set to begin at 6:30 p.m. outside the building, will include a presentation to share memories and to celebrate the school’s history. Anyone who has pictures they’d like to provide for a slideshow at the event is asked to send them to .

The West Elementary School Community Picnic will be held in the parking lot and nearby park.

The event will also feature inflatable games and food trucks.

Attendees are invited to wear West Elementary attire.


A small collection of West “swag” merchandise is available for online ordering through Friday, Aug. 20, at .

The northside school, which opened in 1949, was closed in February 2020, after the discovery of unhealthy levels of radon.

In March 2020, students and staff members transferred to Discovery Elementary School for the remainder of the school year. Students in the West boundary area continued to attend school at Discovery during the 2020-21 school year.

In spring 2020, the School Board voted to close the school permanently, citing the cost of infrastructure improvements and the district demographer’s forecast of continuing low enrollment, in the 80s for grades K-5, for the next three years.

West Elementary is located at 615 N. 25th St.

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