On May 7th Dickinson, ND voters decided not to pass a $115 bond referendum to help fund the construction of a new high school and future elementary school.
The unofficial result was 57 percent NO (2,703) and 43 percent YES (2,076).
The school district proposed the construction of a new high school to alleviate overcrowding in the current facility.
On the school district’s Facebook page, Dickinson Public Schools superintendent Shon Hocker said:
Sometimes the best plans to move forward fall short. Although I would have preferred our students receive a confirming vote today from our community regarding this very important referendum, I am committed to providing the best educational opportunities for our students and community as possible. Many difficult decisions are ahead. We will regroup and make plans to move forward. I still believe the community wants what is best for our students.
The Dickinson Public School Board will canvass and certify the results on May 13 at their monthly meeting.
On the same Facebook post, Dickinson school board president Brent Seaks said:
I’m surprised and disappointed. If this vote had passed now, we could have immediately started implementing a plan to addresses the critical needs and challenges of our district. Instead, we must now regroup and figure out what we must do to address our capacity issues, safety issues, and failing facilities.