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Minot schools set to shuffle some students

December 17, 2013

Some kids in the Minot Public School District will be attending new schools next year due to anticipated changes in attendance boundary lines....

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Dec-17-13 3:43 AM

Well I can just hear the parents say is their another way as they are yelling and crying to school broad? Yes (Option A pay more taxes) or (Option B Travel 15 to 20 more minutes to drop you kid off at school)and finally you can move to another state. In my other comment a week ago that tents would be a option to put kids in. I got one better the school gyms get rid of gym class and you can split the gym in 4, 6 or 8 classrooms. Who needs gym we have it now but our kids are still getting fatter.

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Dec-17-13 8:03 AM


With the latest results showing the USA coming in 20th in the World in Math and related Sciences and spending the most of all Nations.We should be less concerned about how impressive our Schools look and more concerned about the quality of teaching.

As the Oil Boom slides away all that will remain is impressive empty Buildings and unbareable Taxes on the backs of residents.......

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Dec-17-13 8:04 AM

you seem a little angry, taxman5? "Necessity is the mother of invention", said someone once.

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Dec-17-13 8:31 AM

A welcome contribution December 17, 2013 MDN "One-third of the city has been helped through the Salvation Army food pantry," she added. In addition to the food pantry, the Salvation Army also provides hot meals for people in need."

I hope the people who are trying to squeeze blood out of a rock are embarrassed for even asking the residents of minot for 125 million dollars.. unbelievable!!!

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Dec-17-13 8:49 AM

TAXMAN that's what they did at Ramstad for 2 years and the kids miss it as they don't want to be at the new Ramstad.......some schools split their schools into pod classes 1-5 and then divide the rooms down more so that if they need to share the lessons or restructure the classes each year and then there are permanent rooms off in the middle for those who need more special needs, speech and so forth....don't need permanent walls to learn......

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Dec-17-13 8:49 AM

I meant so that they can move these walls they can do so.......

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Dec-17-13 9:11 AM

Headlines you won't see in any newspapers except the Enquierer or Star. "Gym Class Makes Minot Students Fatter", "Majority Of Ramstad Students Hate Their New Building, Want Back In The Aud". Wasn't their a headline a few days ago that said "Overcrowding Still Present"? Shifting kids will give temporary relief for about 1 year!

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Dec-17-13 9:24 AM

this proves the leadership at the schools is inept. this should have happened long ago if the overcrowding they are claiming is true. I'm guessing they wanted to put up a front for the voting public. It was a ruse.

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Dec-17-13 9:29 AM

Norma ruse Chad. Ramstad has more room now but both middle schools will exceed capacity in the next two years. Longfellow has more room and so does Lewis and Clark. The district shifts the kids this next year so all will be maxed out by end of 2014-15 school year. It's a bandaid until real funding can get two schools built. Remember, everyone just needs to talk to a few teachers especially those that may have voted no to paint the picture for ya'll!

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Dec-17-13 9:31 AM

Not a ruse..

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Dec-17-13 10:09 AM

Everything in Minot is only 5 minutes away.

But, let the media fearfest begin.

VOTE NO, again and again, Period.

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Dec-17-13 10:46 AM

I believe that if a vote does come around again, and it is more reasonable,it may pass this time. The former vote was much too much and I think a new elementary school is needed. The word blank check comes to mind. Common sense is what the people were looking for from the folks I spoke with. That is what was lacking in the former proposal.

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Dec-17-13 10:59 AM

Headlines will read, shuffle students, end of world.

Should read, students get classrooms, education and safety rises.

Won't see it though. War drums beating. Only way is taxes. They have a fever and only prescription is more cow bell.

See through the BS.

Can't wait to vote NO again.

They could have built huge elementary with FEMA funds when Lincoln flooded, but built onto longfellow, which also was flooded.

Change the law, free up the state money, use lawyers.

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Dec-17-13 11:06 AM

I agree about the prior vote asking for too much. We would be inclined to have voted for it if it wasn't asking so much and raising our taxes again. It irritates me when I see people saying the 'no' voters were against the children. No, but we do like to eat every once in awhile, pay our mortgage and utilities, things like that.

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Dec-17-13 11:41 AM

I definitely agree a new elementary school is needed, it's just the way they went about doing it--too much at this point--was not good.

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Dec-17-13 11:41 AM

FEMA only would pay to cover the same square footage to replace Lincoln and Longfellow. It is my understanding the district choose to add the sq. footage for Lincoln on Longfellow. It would have taken a bond issue to pass to do what you are proposing taktak. Remember how chaotic the past two years have been. Give back to our community by contacting legislatures right now to free up this money. The longer we wait the more it will cost. The SE piece of land for a new elementary school is looking like a bargain and shows a lot of insight by our school board.

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Dec-17-13 11:42 AM

Kayemb, do you understand the situation middle schools are in?

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Dec-17-13 12:14 PM

It's about time they looked at using what resources are available verses spend, spend, spend..... Times are tough and it's time to look at every option. They should have been responsible with our resources in the first place. Tighten the belt MPS.

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Dec-17-13 12:40 PM

Hold on. Why didn't Lincoln and Longfellow build/fix anew outside the flood zone like Ramstad? At least they should have built one away, just like Ramstad.

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Dec-17-13 12:44 PM

Here's the kicker. They JUST NOW setup a task force on taxes, NOW. They'll give ideas in 2015, but already took no property taxes off the table, heck it never was out on table. Expect no out of box thinking with same old folks, the type to point out 99 ways why something can't bs done, rather than finding 1 way it can. Time for lawyers and politicians to get involved and fix outdated laws which threaten our kids education and security, period.

Vote NO.

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Dec-17-13 1:50 PM

Yes I do and I neglected to add that. I am NOT saying these buildings aren't needed but that being said it was poorly handled. Granted my own we are all entitled to. I am not going to fight and argue...just am stating my point as others are. I disagree with a lot of what I see here but it's a person's right to state their opinions.

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Dec-17-13 2:09 PM

nodakboy, you still have not answered how on earth 10k plus students were taught in the 70's with less classroom space than the current student population. All these schools have had at least one addition since then. some have had two. Until that is addressed I don't think any measure is going to pass.

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Dec-17-13 2:20 PM

i have a niece that works at mps she said there is more then enough room, she doesnt understand why this is a problem, she also said when the oil is done then what are we going to do with the buildings.

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Dec-17-13 3:19 PM

CHAD66, Mark Vollmer addressed this in the Minot Daily, In the early 1970s schools did not offer kindergarten, which currently utilizes 36 classrooms in our district. Special education programs were in their infancy. Graduation requirements and graduation rates were significantly lower, and the average number of pupils per classroom was considerably larger. In the 1970s, there were approximately 1,500 more students educated in the schools on Minot Air Force Base than there are presently. We cannot move students who aren't affiliated with the Air Force to school buildings on Minot Air Force Base.

To have over 10,000 students wouldn't that put the average of each class at 833?

Red . Neck, what schools does your "niece" think has so much room? When are you projecting this oil to go away?

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Dec-17-13 3:40 PM

like i said if it was that bad i would remove my kid today. what happened in the 80s, they just packed up and were gone. the people that lived here had to pay the bill

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