School community forum set for Monday

A final community forum on the future of the Minot Public School District will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the commons area at Minot High School-Magic City Campus.

A consultant will report on the findings of a demographer who studied projected growth patterns in the school district.

School board members are likely to ask voters to approve a $32 million bond issue this fall to pay for new school construction and maintenance. In the past, Supt. Mark Vollmer had said such a bond issue might pay for construction of a new elementary school on 10 acres of land the district already owns in southeast Minot, purchase of land where a new high school could eventually be built, and an elementary school addition. The final plan will be determined in part by the feedback the board receives at the public forums.

Two earlier forums were held to get feedback from the public and to discuss population growth as well as the district’s aging school buildings. Vollmer has urged all interested people in the district to attend the last public forum, as he said a great deal of information will be presented.

The district currently has ongoing building projects. The new Erik Ramstad Middle School is under construction in northwest Minot and is scheduled to be ready for occupancy in November. New school additions are being built this summer at Longfellow and Lewis and Clark Elementary Schools. However, Vollmer has said that there won’t be enough room in the middle schools for the current kindergarteners through second-graders when they reach sixth through eighth grades. Other elementaries are also at capacity and the district has had to use portable classrooms at many of its schools.

The planned forum is open to the public.