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Bottineau School Vote Coming Up

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In Bottineau, a November vote will decide if a near-19-million dollar project moves ahead.

The school district hopes to construct a new elementary school.

Currently, grades pre-k through second grade are in the Central School Building and grades 3-5 go to the middle school.

A new one-story school would be built on the east side of town and would feature larger classrooms, a better pick-up and drop-off system, and enhanced safety.

Bottineau Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kersten says today's standards have surpassed the capabilities of the Central School building.

(Jason Kersten, Bottineau Public Schools Superintendent)"It has some limitations. We've had to add some sections with some enrollment increases and we feel it needs to be replaced at this point in time to keep up with today's technology and with how education is handled today."

The 18.9 million dollar project would be funded through a bond--$925,000 of that would help renovate two science labs at the high school.

Kersten says estimates show a new school building would add about 230 dollars a year in property taxes on a $100,000 house.

He says the new school would make way for expansion down the road.

(Jason Kersten, Bottineau Public Schools Superintendent)"I think it's very important as we move into the future and if there's going to be growth that's going to be a selling point for families to move in."

The vote will take place Tuesday, November 5th from 10am to 7pm at Bottineau School.

You can view renderings of the project at the school's website.

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