Bond issue approved for school projects in Parshall

Parshall voters approved a $5.4 million bond issue on Tuesday that will pay for construction of a new high school and middle school and renovations to the elementary school.

School board president Michelle Hoff said the unofficial vote tally was 256 in favor of the bond issue and 98 against the bond issue. Seventy-two percent of the voters approved the measure, which would raise taxes by about $100 per year for the owner of a $120,000 home in the district and by 50 cents per acre of agricultural land in the district. Hoff said the project will be funded by $7.6 million in matching funds from the Three Affiliated Tribes, $5.4 million from the bond referendum and the remainder from the school district’s building fund.

Hoff said current facilities in the district are in need of improvement. This is an opportunity for the district to provide students with an up-to-date facility and enhance education in the district.

“I’m super excited to get started,” she said.

The board will meet to canvass the votes on Monday. School officials will meet today with the construction firm to discuss a timeline for work on the project.