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Supporters Push School Vote

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Nine weeks from today, Minot voters will make a decision about the future of the Minot Public School District.

The District has proposed a bond to the tune of 125 million dollars to help build new schools, enhance security, and handle future growth.

Perry Olson reports that a local citizen group has formed to support the bond issue.

Members of the group say after years of inaction, it is time to take education forward in the city.

It's a situation Daryl Somerville, and the Yes for Students Committee says does nothing to enhance the city of Minot...

(Daryl Somerville - Yes for Students Committee Chairman) "Right now when we take...if families come to Minot and we have to take them over to Washington where there are 9 portables sitting outside the school...that is not a good situation. That is not good for the community."

Portable classrooms fill space outside of numerous schools in the district. Somerville contends the citizens of Minot can...and should do better.

(Daryl Somerville - Yes for Students Committee Chairman) "It our position that kids belong in classrooms and not portables. Now is the time to act."

Acting, would be a vote in favor of a 125 million dollar bond that would build a second high school, provide a path toward making Central Campus a middle school, enhance security around the district...and build a large elementary school in southeast Minot.

(Daryl Somerville - Yes for Students Committee Chairman) "We have enough kids right now to fill an elementary school so the need is very evident. Building schools really becomes a community responsibility."

Somerville sited other districts around the state that have voted in favor of bonds recently. Bismarck, West Fargo, Wahpeton, Grafton...all reached the 60% threshold for passing easily -- this group is hoping that wave of school support reaches Minot.

(Daryl Somerville - Yes for Students Committee Chairman) "I think it is important for people to know that other cities have stepped up and passed bond issues, yes."

If Minot does the same, it would be the first bond passed in more than four decades. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

The vote on the bond issue is set for December 10th.

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