Minot Seeks New Bond Vote - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Minot Seeks New Bond Vote

Posted: Updated:

Minot voters can expect another school bond vote in the spring of this year.

When a 125 million dollar bond proposal went down to defeat in December of last year, Minot Superintendent Mark Vollmer said the school board would likely re-group, and try and develop a new plan to bring forward to voters.

They have done that...and the details are being ironed out now.

Perry Olson has the that today.

125 million was simply too much...that was the message sent by Minot Public School voters at the ballot box on December 10th...and after...

 

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "Board members talked to a lot of folks in the community and the message was that the bond was so big. It spread too far with elementary, middle, and high school. It was 125 million dollars. This takes care of the immediate concern."

The 'This' that Vollmer speaks of, is a new, scaled-back bond request that will presented to voters in the spring. It will ask for what should be between 30 to 40 million dollars to build a new four-section elementary school, similar to what Longfellow has become, add on to Perkett and Edison making them four section schools as well, and improve security throughout the district.

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "The primary concern now is of course is the elementary where 21 of our 24 portable classes are located. What we need to do is deal with this one first."

The exact dollar figure needed for the work is being calculated now. Prior plans are a year old...and rising prices for construction will change the cost.

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "Want to make sure that we have an accurate figure on that and when we come back to the board for another meeting we will have the final amount along with the question that will be on the ballot and the date of the election."

The vote must happen before May 15th. That is the deadline set by the State of North Dakota for the district to qualify for a 20 million dollar loan at a reduced interest rate. Vollmer says the overcrowding keeps getting worse. In fact, student numbers now in January are even higher then in December.

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "It doesn't take care of the big picture, but it gets us moving in the direction of getting students out of portable classrooms and into brick and mortar buildings."

In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

The exact date of the vote and the amount that will be asked for will be approved by the School Board by February 6th.

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • Greenman at Arts in the Park

    Greenman at Arts in the Park

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:49:30 GMT
    All summer, the Arts in the Park has been holding concerts of all kinds of different music - and today, a local band called Greenman came out to put on a show full of culture.The group came together in 1997 because of their common love for old, celtic music.They have released a few albums with the sound of Scottish and old Irish tunes, and have been performing them all over Minot ever since.The violinist says that this genre is something that can bring in audiences of all different tastes of ...
    All summer, the Arts in the Park has been holding concerts of all kinds of different music - and today, a local band called Greenman came out to put on a show full of culture.The group came together in 1997 because of their common love for old, celtic music.They have released a few albums with the sound of Scottish and old Irish tunes, and have been performing them all over Minot ever since.The violinist says that this genre is something that can bring in audiences of all different tastes of ...
  • Who's Who: Ranch Rodeo Mom

    Who's Who: Ranch Rodeo Mom

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:48:08 GMT
    Generations of Cowboys and Ranchers are tied in to North Dakota's history.One Ranch Rodeo Mom told me about what it means to pass the rope for tonight's Who's Who at the Fair.(Carmen Ruud, Former Ranch Rodeo Competitor) "Just the camaraderie that you get with your teammates and other teams. I really enjoy it, it's like a family event.It's kinda neat, It's fun."(Melinda Bolton) "In fact it has been generations of fun, as Ruud learned from her father what her son Garrett is now competing in, R...
    Generations of Cowboys and Ranchers are tied in to North Dakota's history.One Ranch Rodeo Mom told me about what it means to pass the rope for tonight's Who's Who at the Fair.(Carmen Ruud, Former Ranch Rodeo Competitor) "Just the camaraderie that you get with your teammates and other teams. I really enjoy it, it's like a family event.It's kinda neat, It's fun."(Melinda Bolton) "In fact it has been generations of fun, as Ruud learned from her father what her son Garrett is now competing in, R...
  • t Cancer

    t Cancer

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:45:24 GMT
    Many more people are beating Cancer now than ever, a local woman obtaining her doctorate is trying to develop what sort of treatment patients should receive once they're in remission.I spoke with Sana Keller recently regarding her work....(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "After working for years as a nurse, Sana Keller is hoping to finish off her doctorate by giving some cancer survivors lifestyle coaching."(Sana Keller, Owner of Health Unlimited) "There's so much that can be done and most of it is...
    Many more people are beating Cancer now than ever, a local woman obtaining her doctorate is trying to develop what sort of treatment patients should receive once they're in remission.I spoke with Sana Keller recently regarding her work....(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "After working for years as a nurse, Sana Keller is hoping to finish off her doctorate by giving some cancer survivors lifestyle coaching."(Sana Keller, Owner of Health Unlimited) "There's so much that can be done and most of it is...
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.