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School Board Finalizes Bond Request

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Minot voters will be asked to give Minot Public Schools permission to borrow 39-and-a-half million dollars to build a new elementary school and make improvements to many schools in the district.

That's the plan that was approved by the school board this afternoon.

The plan calls for spending 18-million dollars for a new elementary school in southeast Minot to accommodate the rapidly-growing area of town.

In addition, the plan calls for nearly nine million dollars in spending on an addition at Perkett Elementary, and over three million dollars for an addition at Edison Elementary.

Nearly every school in the district would see some upgrades - mostly in improved security systems.

The plan would elminate the 21 portable classrooms now sitting outside elementary schools in the system - moving all children inside an actual school building.

(Mark Vollmer, Minot Superintendent) "This plan, a 39.5 million dollar bond issue, is to deal with growth in the elementary schools, it is to deal with the safety and security concerns that we have in our district, but understand that the biggest safety and security concern that we have as of today are the portable classrooms that are outside our buildings."

The request comes two months after voters split evenly on a plan to spend 125-million dollars for a new elementary school and a new high school.

But the 50% approval fell short of the required 60% majority for such issues.

School officials estimate the cost to the owner of a 200-thousand dollar house at around ten dollars per month.

The vote will be on April 8th.

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