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Associated Press, Published April 26 2012

Post-flood Minot school projects gearing up

MINOT — Minot's public school district is gearing up for a busy summer of demolition and construction.

The district lost a middle school and an elementary school to the historic Souris River flooding last year. Other school buildings were damaged. Superintendent Mark Vollmer tells the Minot Daily News that some repair projects are under way, and efforts are proceeding to build additions at two elementary schools and to build a new middle school.

Administrators estimate the flood damage at $60 million, thought the cost of the various projects could go higher. The federal government will pick up most of the tab. The school district sold $9 million in bonds in December to pay its share and has the option of borrowing another $10 million in state money.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.