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What's Next for South Prairie

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Voters approved a 12-million dollar expansion plan for the South Prairie School District.

Now, the work begins to set the new plan into motion.

Voting ended yesterday evening.

The measure received 281 yes votes and 68 voters said no to the measure.

South Prairie Superintendent Wayne Stanley says the expansion shouldn't cause an increase in property taxes.

(Wayne Stanley, South Prairie Superintendent)"It looks to be cost neutral just with the foundation aid and the tuition from the state. Our operating costs and expenses and our projections. We'll be able to do it in a relatively about the same cost that we currently are levying our taxpayers to send kids into Minot or surrounding schools for high school."

The school will transition from a K-8 school to a k-12 school.

Currently, the school has two portable classrooms facilities.

The expansion will eliminate the portables and instead add a high school wing.

Stanley says the project should be completed by September 1st of 2015.

(Wayne Stanley, South Prairie Superintendent)"Being the first class that gets to be in South Prairie for 13 years is pretty cool for those seventh graders, right now. They're grinning about those things and starting all the new programs, but also taking an active role and as I visited with the kids this morning, we really want them to be involved and to help with those decision of what does the future of South Prairie look like?"

Stanley says the school is hoping to break ground in May of 2014.

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