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School Bond Election Day in Bottineau

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The first of many school bond votes in the region is underway right now in Bottineau.

Voters there are being asked to support an 18.9 million dollar bond that would allow for the construction of a new pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade school east of Bottineau.

This morning as the polling location at Bottineau High School opened up, it didn't take long for the line to start stretching very long.

It was hoped close to one thousand people would cast ballots today.

18-point-9-million dollars equals out to about 230 dollars per year in new school taxes for a 100-thousand dollar home with ag and commercial land seeing just a few dollars more than that.

So what will happen when the votes are counted up?

Superintendent Jason Kersten says he can't pin down what he thinks voters will do.

(Jason Kersten - Bottineau Superintendent) "Each day is different. There are days that I feel pretty good about it and there are days where I am not so sure it will go thorough. Anytime you are looking at a 60 percent level to pass compared to a simple majority...it takes a few more votes so it is tough to say."

So why the vote?

Superintendent Kersten says the district wants to replace the aging pre-K through 2nd grade school on Main Street.

With a successful vote today, the district would transition 3rd, 4th, and 5th grader out of the current high school building to the new school.

It would also mean a better learning environment for the growing district.

(Jason Kersten - Bottineau Superintendent) "Our PK through 2 is an older building and is in need of a lot of repair. It is one of those things that we really need a new building and also because of the growth that we have seen. We have seen some increase in our elementary numbers over the last couple of years."

Polls are still open to vote in Bottineau at the High School.

They close at seven tonight.

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