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School Board Discusses Bond Fail

School Board Discusses Bond Fail

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A space shortage isn't going away - despite the results of last week's school bond vote in Minot.

Members of the school board talked about the situation at today's board meeting.

They say the rising student numbers and need for portable classrooms are issues that still must be addressed.

And to accomplish that, the board voted to have Superintendent Mark Vollmer lead a group to look at re-drawing boundary lines for elementary and middle schools in the city.

The idea is to get as many of the 400-plus students now attending school in portable classrooms, into a real school building.

And there are a few extra classrooms in some newly-remodeled buildings - but not enough for all of the extra students.

(Mark Vollmer, Minot Superintendent) "Certainly we have over 400 students in portables as of today and we have a handful of classrooms available so that when we talk about this, it doesn't mean that all portables will be gone. But it does mean that we will be looking at some larger class sizes and looking at trying to get as many kids into existing buildings as we can."

Vollmer says any changes in boundaries would be effective next school year.

But he says the changes won't take care of the overcrowding problem because an independent study recently completed predicted another 750 elementary school students in the next five years in the district.

Also at today's meeting, the school board canvassed the votes from last week's failed bond issue vote.

With the few changes made regarding disputed ballots, the final tally stands even closer to 50-50...with the no votes totaling five more than the yes votes.

The bond issue required a 60% yes vote to pass.

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