Plans Moving Ahead on New High School in Parshall

Voters in Parshall made it clear – they want a new high school building.
74% of voters this spring said yes to a bond issue to help finance the new building.
Jim Olson reports the project will also get a major boost from the MHA Nation.

Cracking foundation, asbestos issues, failing windows…Parshall Superintendent Beth Schwarz says for the old Parshall High School…

(Beth Schwarz, Parshall Superintendent) “It was just time…”

And voters agreed – passing a 5-and-a-half million dollar bond issue to tear down the old school – after a brand new one goes up right next door.

(Beth Schwarz, Parshall Superintendent) “It’s really exciting. The main part of the building will be facing the main road here but then if we are able to add in the elementary it will L-shape off…”

Schwarz says a critical piece of the financing puzzle for the 15-million dollar project was the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikira Nation 

(Beth Schwarz, Parshall Superintendent) “Without them this project would not be possible.”

The tribes pledged up to nine million dollars, of which, about 7-and-a-half will be used. The rest of the money will come from the school district’s reserve fund. The new building will allow some rearranging of the district’s students.

(Beth Schwarz, Parshall Superintendent) “We’ll bring up or 6th graders so that will eliminate some of our space issues in our elementary.”

And Schwarz says the new building will mean better education opportunities for the students.

(Beth Schwarz, Parshall Superintendent) “Better technology, really working on the skills the kids need to go into the workforce, a lot more collaboration and problem-solving types of setups.”

She’s hoping work on the new building will begin in August and the new school could be ready for students before the end of 2019.

(Beth Schwarz, Parshall Superintendent) 2950 “Great for our kids and that’s why we’re in this business.”

In Parshall, Jim Olson, KX News.

The vote for the bond issue fell short last summer, but passed easily this spring after some changes to the project plans.

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