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Forum News Service, Published April 09 2014

Minot voters approve school construction bond

MINOT, N.D. - Voters here have approved a $39.5 million bond referendum to ease crowding at Minot’s elementary schools.

Nearly 67 percent of voters said yes Tuesday to a proposal from Minot Public Schools to build a new elementary school in southeast Minot. The funding also will allow the district to construct additions and renovations to Edison Elementary and Perkett Elementary and add safety enhancements for all district buildings.

In complete but unofficial results, 3,977 voters said yes while 1,962 voted against the bond. It required 60 percent approval.

Minot Public Schools has 7,430 students enrolled, with 475 attending class in makeshift, temporary classrooms, Superintendent Mark Vollmer wrote in a letter explaining the district’s proposal.

An election in December for a $125 million bond for new and remodeled schools in Minot did not pass. The district then proposed the $39.5 million bond to address immediate crowding at elementary schools, but it does not address future growth at middle school and high school levels.