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Moving Forward After Failed Bond Votes

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After a series of failed bond votes throughout the region, some schools may have to go back to the drawing board to find ways to deal with expansion.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kirsten Baesler, says she sees school additions and construction as issues that should be decided locally.

The state legislature has committed 150-million dollars in funds to schools--however, those funds are only distributed if the school's bond vote passes.

She says following the failed bond issues, school will have to re-adjust and look for agreeable solutions.

(Kirsten Baesler, ND Superintendent. of Public Instruction)"Each school district is going to have to determine that with their community members. Obviously, their citizens said, 'no, that's not the right plan.' And I would encourage all of them to really work together with their community and their teachers and their parents to say 'okay, what is an agreeable solution to our space problem?'"

Baesler says the Common Schools Trust Fund money is distributed to each school district; however she says in order for those funds to be used for school expansion, North Dakota state laws and the state constitution would have to be changed.

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