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Voters approve school bond issue

Voters in the Minot Public School District overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday a bond issue to address overcrowding at the middle and high school level.

Voters approved the first question with 84 percent of the vote, with 3,647 yes votes and 705 no votes, according to Supt. Mark Vollmer. The first question approves $84.8 million to fund a new 9-12 high school at the site of the former Cognizant building on land in northwest Minot that was donated last year to the school district by Cognizant; turn Magic City Campus from an 11-12 high school campus into a 9-12 high school and convert Central Campus from a 9-10 high school campus into a third in-town middle school for grades 6-8.

The second question on the ballot provides an additional $24.2 million to pay for construction of a 59-meter competition swimming pool, new turf and an athletic complex at the new high school. That question passed with 78 percent of the vote. The third question, which passed with 77 percent of the vote, approves raising the debt ceiling to allow the district’s debt to be at 10% of its assessed property value.

All vote counts are still unofficial. Sixty percent or greater approval was required for the bond issue to pass.

Work on the projects is slated to be completed by the fall of 2024.

See more on the bond issue in Thursday’s edition of The Minot Daily News.

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