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School Board on Bond Results

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Results of the Minot Public Schools bond vote became official this afternoon after the Minot Public School Board made decisions on a handful of disputed ballots.

In the end, the final vote tally was changed by one vote -- an additional yes vote.

67 percent of voters approved the plan to build a new elementary school, build additions to Perkett and Edison, and improve safety and security.

Also Monday at the board meeting, the timeline for construction was discussed.

Superintendent Vollmer says the hope is to have school additions wrapped up by the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

Safety upgrades will take place for the most part this summer however.

The large new school in Southeast Minot will be the last to open.

A construction manager will be hired...and the plan is to open for the start of the 2016-2017 year.

Vollmer says opening at the start of the year is important so kids don't have to switch schools mid-year.

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "The new elementary school, although it could possibly be done in December of 2015, that would involve taking children from other elementary schools and moving them to that building so it makes more sense for that building to open with a new student body in the fall of 2016."

Boundaries within the district will be changing as the new school comes well as the additions to Perkett and Edison.

The price tag on all the projects is projected to be just under 40 million dollars.

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