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School District to Ask for 125 Million Dollars

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Voters in the Minot Public School district will be asked to support a 125 million dollar bond issue later this year.

That decision was made Monday morning at a special meeting of the school board.

What would be built if passed?

What would it mean to the taxpayer?

When can a vote be expected?

Perry Olson has those answers now.

District officials say it is an issue that doesn't seem to be getting any better...

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "We anticipate this growth is going to continue. Our anticipated growth for this year has already been surpassed."

Student populations are growing...but places to put the students are getting harder to find. With that in mind, Monday, the Minot Public School board voted unanimously to ask voters to support a bond issue for 125 million dollars.

(Jim Rostad - MPS School Board President) "Things just keep snowballing on us and I think it is time that we do something positive in response to it."

Here is what the 125 million dollars would do: One -- build a new four section elementary school in the far southeast part of Minot. Two -- add another high school to the district. It would be constructed in north Minot at a site still to be determined. Both the new high school, and existing Minot High would house 9th through 12th grade. That would allow...Three -- transitioning Central Campus in downtown Minot from housing 9th and 10th graders to a third middle school in town joining Jim Hill and Ramstad. And four -- provide funding to make additional upgrades including enhanced security at existing buildings in the district.

But, what would all this mean for your tax bill? Officials say if passed, the 125 million would work out to about 456 dollars a year more in property taxes for a home valued at 200 thousand dollars.

It's an aggressive plan, but one that Rostad feels is right for the district moving forward. He also is confident the ballot question will get the needed 60 percent approval from voters...a level that has been difficult to reach for the district for decades. He says community forums and phone surveys seem to show the backing exists throughout the district.

(Jim Rostad - MPS School Board President) "The reason why we express more confidence this time around is because of the need. The need everyone sees...the community is growing. Anyone who has been to community functions knows that the community is growing and the schools right along with it." (Perry Olson - KX News) "Construction projects in the district have been numerous the last two years and if this 125 million dollar bond issue gets the approval of the voters, that is something that will continue including right here, the site of a proposed new elementary school. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News."

An exact date for the bond issue vote has not yet been announced, but December 10th seems to be a day being targeted by school officials.

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