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New Elementary Planning Begins

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Voters on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for the Minot Public School district to implement a nearly 40-million dollar plan to add security district-wide, to add on to current schools, and to build a new elementary.

Perry Olson with reaction today on that vote...and what will be happening to the district in the coming years.

(Perry Olson - KX News) "This section of land at 13th St. SE and 35th Ave has been owned by the MPS District for several years now...always with the plan of building a school here. Now after the voice of the voters on Tuesday, that plan has been set into action." (Jim Rostad - MPS Board President) "I am very happy that we are able to move education forward in Minot especially where it is most needed in the elementary schools."

The district has pointed out the 475 kids who are currently educated in these...portable classrooms. With the successful vote on Tuesday, school additions paired with the new 4 section elementary here will go a long way towards eliminating the need for the structures...to do so, there will be some shifting of where kids attend school in the coming years.

(Jim Rostad - MPS Board President) "Our administration will be charged with doing that and we want to make sure that we have all the kids in the best school setting that we can."

Washington Elementary has become portable central" almost with numerous classes outside the school. 2nd year teacher Erin Obenchain has never taught in an actual school...and she says the vote Tuesday makes her happy to be a part of the district.

(Erin Obenchain - Washington 4th Grade Teacher) "It definitely keeps me excited to keep coming back here year after year knowing that we are making some great changes here."

And those changes start now...design work will start right away to add security, add more space to current buildings, and add a state-of-the-art school as well...

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "Schools of today aren't built the same as the schools of yesterday. We will use the architectural drawings and feedback from staff and parents to pull together a plan that will build for Minot the nicest school that we can build."

That school should be ready to welcome kids in the fall of 2016. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

That vote yesterday passed with 67 percent of the vote.

60 was needed for passage.

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