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Tapping State Building Funds

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The new Ramstad Middle School was made necessary by the 2011 flood's destruction of the old school building.

But plans for other new buildings in the school district are not driven by the flood's impact.

Instead, a growing population of school children is creating the space crunch.

And that has led to next month's bond issue election - where the district is seeking permission to borrow up to 125-million dollars for major growth, including a second high school and another elementary school.

Today, the Minot School Board heard from Jeff Engleson of the Department of Trust Lands about how funds from the Common Schools Trust Funds are distributed.

Bottom line was that it would require legislative action to make money available for the Minot district's building plans.

The president of the school board said the board will continue to look for all available funding to help with the district's growth.

(Jim Rostad - Minot School Board President) "We are being squeezed and our taxpayers are being squeezed so we are...you are one of the options that came up and we will be, we will be looking for help out of Bismarck. If there is any available we are going to be asking."

The vote on the bond question for Minot Public Schools is set for December 10th.

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