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South Prairie voters approve $12 million bond issue

December 4, 2013

South Prairie voters passed a $12 million bond issue Tuesday that will fund a new high school. School business manager Shannon Erie said the unofficial vote was 281votes in favor and 68 against....

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Dec-04-13 11:25 AM

Good job people of South Prairie!!

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Dec-04-13 11:50 AM

I wonder if it would have passed if the voters faced a massive tax increase like Minot......

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Dec-04-13 12:08 PM

TOUCHÉ!!! The double edge sword found it's target. Minot Schools get less students and money for their budgets, I hope this resolves their issues until things can be done right. By done right I mean with School Land Trust Money that we already have saved for education in ND. If your representative thinks otherwise I hope you advise them to put some more thought into their choice. As a matter of fact any savvy politician would already be touting they can get plenty of money from the School Lands Trust to spend on education.

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Dec-04-13 12:26 PM


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Dec-04-13 1:22 PM

good job south prairie, this seems two solve two problems the overcrouding in minot and a tax hike for south prairie. now i would like to see the opertunity to be anxed into the south prairie school

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Dec-04-13 3:17 PM

Congratulations to South Prairie for supporting education! FYI... The enrollment projections for Minot Public Schools DO NOT include Nedrose and South Prairie. No matter how their bonds turn out, our problems stay the same! We still need to vote yes!

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Dec-04-13 4:36 PM

I hope the Minot yessers don't try to spin this in their favor. The truth is that South Prairie solved their educational issues without raising their taxes as Minot should be doing. I find it amusing how everything that happens in Minot seems to require higher taxes or so the politicians say's it does. We don't need higher taxes in Minot, we need new politicians.

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Dec-04-13 5:11 PM

Larry-- what's your solution? We need less complainers and more "doers." "No" voters will always find an excuse to vote no and few ever offer a solution. Kudos to the school board for trying to fix MAJOR overcrowding and safety problems. There's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting all of our students in actual schools. When the temps are below zero tomorrow, come find me and tell me how much you enjoy being outside. We have 9 year olds running from school to portable, portable to school all day long. It's disgusting.

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Dec-04-13 6:17 PM

OH for pete's sakes. Children will be running from building to building in below zero temps tomorrow. I am sure that none of those chillins skate, play hockey, play on sleds, or any other outdoor play during the winter. Learn to dress warm. The number of children will be fewer now, and still you demand more tax money from us. Baloney.

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Dec-04-13 7:12 PM

You're right... How dare they think they belong inside of an actual school?! It's 2013- no one should be expected to go outside to go to the bathroom. This bond is just like everything else. If you neglect it, it will cost you more to fix it. The problem will still be there if we vote against this. Why would we want to pay more in the future? It doesn't make sense no matter what your financial situation is.

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Dec-04-13 7:17 PM

South Prairie and Nedrose can both build high schools and it won't matter for MPS. There will still be 500 students in portables (and growing). There will still be 400+ more students in middles schools in 5 years (with the students that are currently attending). Both middle schools will have enrollments approaching a 1000 students. The kindergarten class still has well over 700 kids (students currently attending). All this equals overcrowded schools now and it won't get better! Buildings are needed now! The big argument is not do we need the buildings but who should pay. Should we put all of our trust in the legislature to do the right thing? Their resume of doing the right thing has been to sketchy to count on any help over the next couple of years. Get this passed so construction can begin and we can all begin to work on the legislature!

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Dec-04-13 7:26 PM

Even if it does pass, there will be NO construction now. The kids are not going to the bathroom outside. Build above ground tunnels with tarps! They are walking from one structure to another. You know they tore down Washington and closed Jefferson. They felt there was NO need to replace them. When they built the new high school, they didn't feel there was a need for a second high school. and, of course, some of those poor chillins would have been attending high school in that OLD ecky building downtown. Should we have had 2 high schools all that time? I believe there should have been two high schools. But, now? I don't trust ANYTHING that comes from the school board.

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Dec-04-13 7:28 PM

Oh, right. Pass it and then ask the legislators to change the laws. RIIIIGHT! good grief.

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Dec-04-13 7:39 PM

there is a study done back in the late 70s and early 80s that there is room for two high schools in this area, i hope south prairie looks at what they can do

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Dec-04-13 7:48 PM

I went to South Prairie..k-8. I'm grateful I was able to finish high school at Minot High, as it provided me with more learning opportunities than I would have ever received at a small country school. Thank goodness there were no other options back then.

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Dec-04-13 8:29 PM

Washington was rebuilt at a different location less than a mile away from the old site. Jefferson is also still in use by the district. Also, they will start construction on the new elementary next year, but only if the bond is passed.

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Dec-04-13 8:35 PM


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Dec-04-13 8:40 PM

VOTE YES ON DEC. 10!!! The need is there and people need to step up and do what's right for the children of the Minot Public School! Some of you who have all the answers should definitely run for the school board or city council...

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Dec-04-13 8:49 PM

Washington was NOT rebuilt. They moved the students and tore down a building that they said was not needed and that it was in Such poor condition. Kids there didn't have to go out into the bitter cold to run to the bathroom.

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Dec-04-13 9:09 PM

ndgirl40, may I ask you what is your solution for the people that will be forced to choose between heat and food or food and medicine if this outrageous tax increase is passed. We have had to stand by and listen to the people that wanted the Magic Fund passed call anyone that opposed it anti growth and negative just as you are doing now. It's quite obvious that you have no idea of the finical hardships faced by many people in this town. We have been lied to and mislead so many times that any rational person could not blame us for being skeptical of anything recommended by any political group in this town! Think about this and remember the previous promises and failures and then vote no.

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Dec-04-13 9:24 PM

if a person wants to pay more taxes you can just note on your tax form where you want the extra tax to go and it will get there. that should solve the problem,

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Dec-04-13 9:33 PM

It'll be very interesting when the citizens vote to eliminate property taxes next fall. How do you pay for bonds when there's no longer property tax collection. You'll be asking for the state to pay it off. So ultimately the state is on the hook.

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Dec-04-13 10:21 PM

I like the vote because they didn't have to raise the taxes, and in addition, kids in South Minot will go to South Prairie...Have they really ever looked into how many children go to South Prairie who live in South Minot? In addition, how many people living in the Nedrose school district even go to Public School? In addition, South Prairie had monies in a foundation...what is that? It's a savings that every other school district has...where is Minot's money? In addition, why aren't they telling people where they should be voting for this bond in Minot now? Hmmm.....????

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Dec-04-13 10:27 PM

Never mind they told people where they can vote on the bond, but where is the story on those who will be experiencing more than $1,000 a year in property taxes due to commercial property in their backyards? Where is the support there? How fair is this?

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Dec-04-13 10:27 PM

And this is before the bond how fair is this? Not fair at all without privacy.......

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