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November 17, 2013

Gregg Smith, Minot After reading all the pros and cons of the upcoming school bond vote, it is apparent that something must be done to alleviate the overcrowding taking place in the elementary......

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Nov-26-13 4:57 PM

The enrollment numbers reported by the demographer do not include students that open enroll into the district. There are no open enrolled students at the elementary level or middle school, that is unless parents lie about their place of residence.

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Nov-18-13 12:35 AM

The school district brought a bond issue forward about 8 years ago and it received about 53% yes votes but in ND school bond issues need 60% yes to pass. Had that passed the grade schools in the SE area would be fine at the moment. I don't know what the city said but the school district did not say they weren't worried about overcrowding. The school district is NOT run by city government.

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Nov-17-13 9:23 PM

Concerned... if you're tired of being reactive instead of proactive then you should vote yes. They're trying to fix a problem that is only going to get worse. Building costs continue to rise and this will only cost us more if we wait. The problem will not go away by voting against this. You know why this bond is as big as it is? Because we've essentially done nothing for the last 40 years. If you're tired of being reactive, this should be an obvious decision... YES! I don't know about you, but I don't want to pay even more for something that we clearly need. Let's fix it and be done with it.

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Nov-17-13 5:04 PM

I will be voting no because I am tired of being reactive instead of proactive as it was asked again of our city leaders 6 to 7 years ago would Minot suffer from the fate of overcrowding the smaller communities such as Underwood, Stanley and so forth that had a need for child care and so forth.....I am sorry, Minot had it's chance then and why should we have to suffer now when some of us will be paying almost a $1,000 a year more in property taxes before the bond does this is this fair? No life is not fair but you need to separate the needs from wants.....

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Nov-17-13 9:28 AM

It should also be noted that the projected enrollments do not include Nedrose and South Prairie.

Besides not having room for all of our future high school students, a split high school (9&10 in one building, 11&12 in another)is problematic. A transition in the middle of high school is difficult, especially for already at-risk students. Kids are required by law to attend high school until they're 16 and we're giving these kids an open door. We're one of three school districts in the nation that does this. It's not popular for a reason.

Voting no changes nothing. These students aren't going away and building costs aren't getting cheaper. Why would we wait?

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Nov-17-13 8:39 AM

I encourage you to visit the Minot Public Schools webpage. There is actually over $200 million dollars of need currently. The school board's rationale was widely publicized in the MDN and on Local news. The community input from the open meetings and a telephone survey overwhelmingly supported two high schools which will be 1400+ students each. This is still extremely large when compared to the Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck schools. We, as parents, do not want our kids going to a school with 2800 students. Also, a third middle school is sorely needed. It is obvious that Minot is growing. The need is immediate. It makes no sense to select watered down versions that only put a band aid on the problem and have to go back to voters every couple of years to address the next need. Keep in mind that schools don't get built overnight. It will take approx. 3 year+ to build a new high school to relieve pressure at the middle schools. Stay informed & vote your conscience. I will be voting yes.

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