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Minot Public Schools has a portable problem -- too many of them -- according to district officials.

Dotted around almost every school in the district you'll find the small buildings outside the main schools.

They were designed to be a temporary solution...but are becoming a fixture in the district.

Here at Washington Elementary, many of the 24 portable classes that the district uses are found.

In fact at Washington, once you complete 3rd grade, your time being a part of a class in the actual school itself is over.

Minot Public School board member Laura Mihalick says she hopes the upcoming bond vote is successful to change the problem, but if it fails, they are still looking at a way to eliminate them -- and that could mean big changes on where kids go to school.

(Laura Mihalick - MPS Board Member) "We would like to phase the portables out. Whether that means redrawing the boundaries of where kids go to school...right now at Washington we have the 4th and 5th graders outside the building. If there is room at another elementary school that could possibly take those children or maybe two or three you may be taking your kids to other schools out of your area."

Next week we'll hear from a longtime educator who now teaches in a portable classroom, and hear about the challenges it has presented.

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