A plan to rebuild the flood-wrecked Ramstad Middle School on Minot's north hill is not winning support from FEMA.
Superintendent Mark Vollmer told members of the school board today that FEMA believes Ramstad should be rebuilt in its current location because it is not in the 100-year flood plain.
Vollmer says the fact is Ramstad is in the 42-year flood plain - having flooded in 1969 and 2011.
The superintendent is headed to Washington DC next month to press the case for getting FEMA approval to rebuild Ramstad elsewhere.
(Mark Vollmer, Minot Superintendent) "Putting the building in the current location is neither reasonable nor prudent, and there's a very real possibility we may be dealing with the same type of situation again so we're going to work with them on that."
(Nancy Langseth, Minot School Board President) "That needs to be hammered home to them because, unless they want to be rebuilding a school every two years and that's a real possibility."
(Mark Vollmer, Minot Superintendent) "It's an interpretation of law and that's why we'll do what we can do in DC to try to get that to turn around."
Also today, the board hired two local architecture companies to develop plans for the new Ramstad, and to design significant additions and changes at Longfellow and Lewis and Clark Elementary Schools.
Davison, Larson, and Associates will do the elementary school work, while Anderson, Wade, Whitty will be designing the Ramstad project.
The board has voted to use available FEMA money, and up to 19-million dollars in additional funds to complete those projects.