Rural School Set to Expand - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Rural School Set to Expand

Posted: Updated:

School bond votes for expansion have been popular over the last few years.

Bismarck, West Fargo, Grafton, Wahpeton...all have voted in favor of growth in recent years.

Kenmare, Bottineau, and Minot will vote on bond issues this year too.

But there is another school looking to expand -- and not just in physical size, but to move from what's known as a 'graded elementary' to a full K through 12 school.

Perry Olson has the story.

Student numbers are up at South Prairie...

(Wayne Stanley - South Prairie Superintendent) "Currently we are two sections of K, first, second, third, fifth grades. We have two portables outside and have taken old janitorial closets and now they are used as spare rooms. We need to expand some way, some how."

That expansion could soon come, and bring with it a big change. South Prairie is a 'graded elementary' meaning they only educate kindergartners through 8th graders. An upcoming bond vote would change that.

(Wayne Stanley - South Prairie Superintendent) "Ultimately it is time for us to take on our own educational responsibilities."

If passed, the district would add on to the school -- and add high school, making it a full class B institution, similar in size to Surrey or Velva. It would keep kids in their home school...and eliminate a fight that seems to come up here every two years. Each legislative session, almost without fail, a bill to shut down graded elementary schools is voted upon.

(Wayne Stanley - South Prairie Superintendent) "It is scary because a lot of the time it is Minot legislators who are presenting the bills to close down the K-8s. Proactively we want to go out and look the future and do what it best for the district."

The bond would be for 12 million, but Stanley says much of that can come from funds already levied on taxpayers now for payments to Minot Public School District. South Prairie has to pay Minot to educate their high school students.

(Wayne Stanley - South Prairie Superintendent) "We are looking over a million dollars a year goes into Minot just from the South Prairie district."

With the addition of high school, those payments would stop. Stanley says about 500 thousand a year would go to staff and support their high school...leaving about a half million each year to pay on the bond.

(Wayne Stanley - South Prairie Superintendent) "It is more of a sound stable thing for our patrons to invest in themselves first."

Voters may or may not see it that way...they voice their opinion on it December 3rd. At South Prairie, Perry Olson, KX News.

Paper work has been filed with the Department of Public Instruction in Bismarck for the approval to add high school, and that decision is expected to go in their favor.

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • Tribes Host Oil-Gas Summit

    Tribes Host Oil-Gas Summit

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:06:47 GMT
    The busiest tribal land in the US for oil exploration sits in the heart of the Bakken formation.More than one thousand oil wells on the Fort Berthold Reservation are producing close to 200-thousand barrels of oil every day.And today, the Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nations opened their annual Oil and Gas Summit at the Four Bears Events Center, spotlighting oil development and environmental stewardship.Following a traditional native song and colorful dance, Chairman Tex Hall opened the event by poi...
    The busiest tribal land in the US for oil exploration sits in the heart of the Bakken formation.More than one thousand oil wells on the Fort Berthold Reservation are producing close to 200-thousand barrels of oil every day.And today, the Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nations opened their annual Oil and Gas Summit at the Four Bears Events Center, spotlighting oil development and environmental stewardship.Following a traditional native song and colorful dance, Chairman Tex Hall opened the event by poi...
  • Trucker in Deadly Accident Enters Pleas

    Trucker in Deadly Accident Enters Pleas

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:50:32 GMT
    A truck driver charged with three counts of negligent homicide has pleaded 'not guilty.'A fiery crash east of Stanley last June ended with three men dead.50-year-old Vernon Wright was driving a semi truck and trailer, crossing the westbound lane of Highway 2 during a time of low visibility due to fog.Wright stopped in the westbound lane after the first collision, blocking westbound traffic --- an act prosecution calls a 'gross deviation from acceptable standards of conduct.'Prosecution and de...
    A truck driver charged with three counts of negligent homicide has pleaded 'not guilty.'A fiery crash east of Stanley last June ended with three men dead.50-year-old Vernon Wright was driving a semi truck and trailer, crossing the westbound lane of Highway 2 during a time of low visibility due to fog.Wright stopped in the westbound lane after the first collision, blocking westbound traffic --- an act prosecution calls a 'gross deviation from acceptable standards of conduct.'Prosecution and de...
  • Legislators Discuss Higher Education

    Legislators Discuss Higher Education

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:46:48 GMT
    State spending on higher education in North Dakota continues to rise -- but still, with more state dollars flowing to the institutions, the bill being passed on to students continues to rise.Representative Mark Sanford is the chairman of the legislative Higher Education Funding Committee that met at Minot State today.The Grand Forks Republican says school tuition is always a concern for legislators...But he says the schools that may get the first look when it comes to reigning in tuition may ...
    State spending on higher education in North Dakota continues to rise -- but still, with more state dollars flowing to the institutions, the bill being passed on to students continues to rise.Representative Mark Sanford is the chairman of the legislative Higher Education Funding Committee that met at Minot State today.The Grand Forks Republican says school tuition is always a concern for legislators...But he says the schools that may get the first look when it comes to reigning in tuition may ...
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.