A plan to raise 125 million dollars for new and remodeled schools in Minot has failed.
Minot voters split evenly on the question - but fell short of the 60-percent tally needed to pass the school bond issue today.
Results began coming in to the Ward County Courthouse just after 7:30 with the superintendent and other school officials waiting to see the results.
Election officials from eleven polling places brought in the paper ballots and the computer data card for each location.
By 8:15 all of the polling places had delivered their information.
And it was a very short computation to come up with these figures --
Of the 8,696 ballots cast, 4,340 said "yes," and 4,349 said "no." Seven ballots registered no vote at all.
On the second question of the day, a larger majority - 55%, said "no" to raising the debt limit of the school district.
The rejection of the bond issue today by voters in the Minot Public School district continues a trend -- it has been more than four decades since a bond vote has passed...that in 1969 to build Magic City Campus.
So what happens next?
School officials say the problems that existed before the vote will still be there tomorrow...and they still need answers.
Perry Olson has reaction.
Voters have spoken...and the Minot Public School District is now turning the page -- looking for answers to a problem that keeps getting worse. Student populations keep growing...and if projections are correct...will continue to...
(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "The unsuccessful bond issue did not change that. We need to go back to the drawing board and take another look. We need to plan for the future..."
Those plans may include some noticeable changes -- mainly on where kids go to school. In an effort to keep class sizes in check -- and eliminate the need for purchasing more portable classrooms -- students may be shifted from current schools in the upcoming years...
(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "I think in the meantime we are going to looking at the re-drawing of attendance lines, we are going to be looking at increased class sizes, and we have to develop a long-term plan on how we are going to deal with this growth."
What might that entail? Don't rule out another bond request in the near future...
(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "I would anticipate that we will see another question in the very near future..."
For now however, the school board will work on handling the student population with the infrastructure already in place. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.