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Another Rural School Seeks Expansion

Another Rural School Seeks Expansion

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Late last year South Prairie voters gave the go-ahead for that school district to move from what is known as a graded elementary -- offering classes only through 8th grade -- to a full district with a high school.

Now, another local 'graded elementary' may be following that same path...if voters approve.

Nedrose School District patrons will be going to the polls next month to make that decision.

The vote is scheduled for February 20th.

The growth at Nedrose has been substantial...in fact the school is almost hidden now by two large portable buildings housing four separate classes.

Superintendent Chuck Miller says something needs to be done because the kids keep coming...

(Chuck Miller, Nedrose School Superintendent) "We are up a lot. We are at 310 right now and we were at 250 last May so we are up about 60 kids. That is our fall growth from Spring to Fall."

Growth like that is one reason Miller would like to see voters approve a plan to build a high school.

Another is for more opportunities for Nedrose students.

Many now finish 8th grade here...and move to Minot High where Miller says competition increases.

 

(Chuck Miller - Nedrose School Superintendent) "They just see a lot of extra options for our kids in terms of extracurricular. A lot of them lose the chance to participate once they get into Minot simply because of the numbers. Minot has a wonderful education system but they simply only have one high school."

How about the finances?

If passed, the 18-million-dollar bond would mean an increase in property taxes of about four dollars a month for every 100-thousand dollars in home value.

It would also solve what is usually an every-other-year fight in the state legislature where a bill is consistently proposed to eliminate graded elementary schools.

The vote is set for Thursday, February 20th which is also in conjunction with parent-teacher conferences at the school.

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