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Craziness In Lincoln Until New School Is Complete


In less than four months Lincoln Elementary will open its doors for students.

But until then parents are being forced to drive all over town to drop and pick their children up from school.

Each grade attends a different elementary school until Lincoln is built.

For instance second graders might go to Rita Murphy while fourth graders go to Dorothy Moses.

We caught up with one parent who spends more than an hour every day, twice a day getting her kids to and from school.

"Four different stops everyday, yep," Teresa Jose said.

Teresa Jose and her family live in Lincoln, but every day she drives all around Bismarck dropping off and picking up her kids from school.

"My youngest is going to go to Lincoln so I have to drive all the way to Rita Murphy and then I have to pick up my other daughter who's in fifth grade so I have to go drive to Dorothy Moses," Jose said.

Superintendent Tamara Uselman says she knows it's not easy for parents.

"It hasn't been easy but looking through all the options with safety first and school classroom climate, the next important on the list I would say it was the best option we had available without spending well over half a million dollars for a four month portable school site, and that doesn't make any sense to anybody," Superintendent Tamara Uselman said.

Jose says she makes sure her kids are never late to school, but that means dropping them off plenty early.

"My fifth grader, she's always really early and I'm always late picking her up, about 20 minutes late, the school has sent home notes saying that I need to call the busing, which I have but they said they don't have room yet." Jose said.

The two hours Jose and her children spend in the car everyday adds up.

"The gas is kind of ridiculous because I'm driving there twice a day, and I'm not going to stay in town because then I'd just end up driving around anyway," Jose said.

"We have a number of people who are impacted for the four months this is going on, it will be well worth it the payoff in the long run, but that doesn't make it easy for them right now," Uselman said.

Lincoln Elementary is set to be complete January first, just in time for the second half of the school year.

Uselman says five-thousand students are currently attending a different school this year than they did last year.

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