Second Williston-Area School Seeking Building Projects


Last night we told you about Williston Public School District One’s 60-million dollar bond vote coming up in April for adding two new elementary schools and expanding the high school.
Tonight, we have details on another district serving the Williston area that’s planning a major expansion as well.
Jim Olson reports on the 89-million dollar plan soon to be in front of voters in Williams County District Eight.

It was just last fall that the new Missouri Ridge School opened up for Williams County District 8. But already, the gleaming new facility is full. And residents of the district that basically surrounds the city of Williston are being asked to approve a major project.

(Rob Turner, District 8 Superintendent) “It’s a big plan.”

The plan calls for two new elementary schools – locations to be determined – and, most notably, a high school. It would turn District 8 from a K-through-8 school to a full-service district – Kindergarten through 12th grade.

(Rob Turner, District 8 Superintendent) “That’s a big step.”

And it comes with a big price tag. Something around 89-million dollars. And the superintendent says there is broad support.

(Rob Turner, District 8 Superintendent) “I would say it’s well over 90% positive. 
They want to take the major step of solving our space issues and limited facility issues in one large step.”

Turner says a vote on the bond question will likely come before the school year ends. And with neighboring Williston Public Schools 60-million dollar plan on the ballot in April, it would mean two adjacent districts proposing massive projects at the same time. Do the superintendents see that as a problem?

(Dr. Jeff Thake, Williston Superintendent) “I don’t believe it is. We both need to make sure we’re being cognizant of our students who reside within our districts and we hope for the best for both districts.”
(Rob Turner, District 8 Superintendent) “I think probably both projects, no matter what, need to be done. Theirs and ours.”

And in the next two months or so, voters will say if they agree. In Williston, Jim Olson, KX  News.

Williams County District 8’s school board meets next week to set the date for the bond question to be on the ballot.

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