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Nedrose Fast-Tracking School Construction

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Voters last week in the Nedrose School District gave approval of a plan to expand to a full K-through-12 district.

That means construction of a brand new building to house grades five through 12.

As Perry Olson shows us, the process of building is already underway...and it needs to be with the aggressive schedule officials there have.

(Chuck Miller - Nedrose Superintendent) "It will be busy for 17 months...that is what our timeline is."

That means the work to build a new school right here in the 55th Crossing Development is already underway. And in fact, it was underway before the vote to approve the plan was even held. Superintendent Chuck Miller says with a goal of opening for 2016 -- it had to be.

(Chuck Miller - Nedrose Superintendent) "We are already in the process of selecting an architect. Should have one hired this week. We are looking after that to probably go with a construction manager. That has not been decided but we are certainly looking at that option."

His office if full of proposals now from companies gunning for the job -- and a construction manager may be brought on as well...someone to coordinate the many moving pieces to keep construction on pace with what is needed to open very quickly...

(Chuck Miller - Nedrose Superintendent) "We are looking at trying to finish this and are going to make every effort to have the building completed by mid-summer, August of 2015 so everything is ready to roll for our kids by September of 2015."

By June work should be underway here -- with developers getting roads and utilities going in as well...Miller says a school built to handle 360 students is planned now...or about 45 kids per graduating class. 80 to 100 thousand square feet of learning space...

(Chuck Miller - Nedrose Superintendent) "We are not looking at doing anything extravagant, but we want a good building for our kids to learn in that has all the curricular areas that they are getting right now in Surrey and Minot."

Nedrose now -- as a K through 8 school is packed full...Miller says the additional space being created with the bond vote should open the doors to many more through open enrollment who have had it shut on them in the past...

(Chuck Miller - Nedrose Superintendent) "Last fall we had 25 or 30 students and parents who approached us wanting to come to school that we had to turn down because we were overcrowded and couldn't handle any more students. The fact that we have had so many families who have expressed a desire at just attending a K-8 district makes me think we will have more families that want to come if we are a K-12 district."

Which they will soon be...with a quickly built school planned to prove it. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

The bond vote passed last Thursday with 66 percent approval.

60 was needed for passage.

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