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Should Minot buy even more portable units rather than invest in new brick and mortar schools?

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  2. No
  3. That's crazy
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Aug-30-13 7:02 AM

i bet landlords wish they could make as much each month from each unit in rent as the city does from property taxes. we haven't had an increase in the sales tax rate in months, so that should be coming again soon. welcome to minot - bring lots of money if you plan on staying.

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Aug-30-13 7:52 AM

There were 101,137 pupils during the 2003-04 school year; 93,405 during the 2009-09 school year; and last year there were 99,192. Enrollment is increasing, but do we really need to build more now? And the number of teachers have steadily increased even during the years when numbers declined. Why?

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Aug-30-13 12:28 PM

Whats the alternative. By the sounds of a derps in minot they don't want the new schools. You have to pay for portables and then listen to the same people who voted down the schools that there are too many kids in each class.

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Aug-30-13 12:45 PM

The state has enough funding NOW in their school trust fund to build every school Minot needs. Why do we need another 125 million in taxes? Each taxing body, school board, city, and county boards need to get together and figure out the cumulative effect on the average homeowner. My home is 1000 SF and 109 years old, flooded twice. If all these taxes pass, my annual bill will be over $2300. So much for retiring any time soon!

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Aug-30-13 7:01 PM

Instead of writing poll questions the MDN should get a backbone and maybe report something before putting a poll like this out. Here are a few questions to get you started. What is the cost of a portable classroom (structure/utilities)? How many will be needed annually for expected growth? Is there enough space at current schools to add additional portable classrooms? What is the usable life of a portable classroom?

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Aug-30-13 7:04 PM

@disgusted Where in the world did you get your numbers? Did you just make them up? Amazing thing is people agreed with them.101,137 students? Really?

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Aug-30-13 10:01 PM

I think disgusted's figures denote state-wide enrolment.

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Aug-31-13 7:59 AM

the Diogenist, you are right. i neglected to include my reason for the figures. Those figures represent all of ND. Suffice it with this comment: If Hoeven and Dalrymple want to 'play' with property tax and made the state a part of the eqation; then school boards can go to the state and ask for the money needed for buildings, teachers, etc. NOT the private citizens.

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