PARSHALL, N.D. — Voters have narrowly rejected spending $5.4 million on a new school on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

The bond referendum in the Parshall School District received 55 percent approval in Tuesday’s election, but it needed 60 percent to pass.

The school district wanted to replace its elementary and high school buildings with a new K-12 school. The existing schools were built in the 1960s and have structural and asbestos issues.

The Three Affiliated Tribes had approved $9 million for the project contingent on the bond issue passing.