Garrison residents to vote on school expansion project for 4th time in less than 2 years


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GARRISON, North Dakota — Residents of Garrison in February will vote in a fourth school bond election in less than two years.

The Feb. 5 ballot measure asks voters to approve $5.9 million for expansion projects at the town's elementary school and high school.

Residents in the community of about 1,450 people have rejected a school expansion three previous times, but Superintendent Steve Brannan said the proposal lost by just seven votes in the most recent election, on Nov. 4. The measure received 59 percent approval, when 60 percent was required by state law.

"We've heard nothing but very positive comments," Brannan told the Minot Daily News ( ). "They say: 'You lost by seven votes. Put it out there again.'"

The $5.9 million bond issue would pay for the construction of four new classrooms, new bathrooms and a resource room at the elementary school and, at the high school, a multipurpose lunch room, a renovated vocational agriculture classroom and a new computer lab area.

The school district made heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements last summer using money carried over from the previous year, Brannan said. That reduced the cost of the proposed renovation project from the $9 million that had been requested in the two prior failed bond elections.

The $5.9 million bond issue would raise property taxes for the owner of a $150,000 home by about $150 per year.

Information from: Minot Daily News,

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