New school in future?
Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to approve a $125 million bond election for new school construction.
But what buildings are already in use in the Minot Public School District?
Here is a bit of history about the 12 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools currently in use.
The newest school is Erik Ramstad Middle School, which was completed late this fall and replaced the school destroyed in the flood of 2011. It has 129,300 square feet and the capacity to accommodate 720 students. Currently, 550 students are enrolled.
The second newest school is Washington Elementary, which was completed in 2008. It is located at 600-17th Ave. SE, in the former Medical Arts Clinic. The school district purchased the building and turned it into an elementary school to replace the original Washington Elementary, which was torn down within the past few years. Washington has 18 classrooms in the building proper but the number of students quickly overwhelmed capacity. It is currently the school with the largest number of portable classrooms on the grounds, nine portable classrooms and a leased classroom in a building adjacent to the school. The building has a square footage of 65,510. The school has an estimated enrollment capacity of 320 students, but 492 students are enrolled.
The third newest school is Minot High School-Magic City Campus, located at 1100-11th Ave. SW, and opened in 1973, with a vocational and technical center addition added in 2006. It has a square footage of 276,165. It has a capacity for 1,000 students but has 926 students enrolled.
Bel Air Elementary, located at 501-25th St. NW, was built in 1959. Classroom additions were added in 1961 and 1989. It has an area of 36,669 square feet. The district estimates it has the capacity to accommodate 300 students, but 350 students are enrolled. Three portable classrooms are in use this school year on the premises.
Bell Elementary, located at 5901 Highway 52 S., was built in 1964 and an addition was built in 1982. It has an area of 19,224 square feet. It has the capacity to accommodate 140 students, but currently has 100 students.
Dakota Elementary at 101 Eagle Way at Minot Air Force Base, was built in 1962, with a classroom addition added in 1964.
Edison Elementary, located at 701-17th Ave. SW, was built in 1954, with a six-classroom addition added in 1959, a six-classroom addition, plus lower locker room and fallout shelter added in 1962, a four-classroom addition in 1981 and a gymnasium in 2011. It has 58,125 square feet of space. It has an enrollment capacity of 400 students and currently has 466 students enrolled. Two portable classrooms are in use.
Longfellow Elementary, located at 600-16th St. NW, was built in 1949, with classroom additions added in 1965 and 2013. The 2013 classroom addition was intended to replace Lincoln Elementary, which was lost in the Souris River flood of 2011. It has 71,375 square feet of space. It has an enrollment capacity of 480 students and 408 students are enrolled now.
McKinley Elementary, located at 5-5th Ave. NE, built in 1963; 17,340 square feet. It has an enrollment capacity of 100, with 130 students enrolled. One portable classroom is in use on the grounds.
Lewis and Clark Elementary School, located at 2215-8th St. NW, was built in 1967 with additions in 1971 and 2013. The 2013 classroom was intended to accommodate additional growth at the elementary level. It is 74,852 square feet in size, has an enrollment capacity of 440 students and 416 students are currently enrolled.
North Plains Elementary, located at 101 C Street at Minot Air Force Base, was built in 1960, with a 12-classroom addition added in 1962. It is 64,856 square feet in size.
Perkett Elementary, located at 2000-5th Ave. SW, was built in 1964, with a classroom addition added in 1968. The 30,683-square-foot school has an enrollment capacity of 260 students, but 331 students are enrolled. Two portable classrooms are in use there.
Roosevelt Elementary, located at 715-8th St. NE, was built in 1924 with additions added in 1959 and 1986. Its size is 37,761 square feet. It has an estimated enrollment capacity of 140 students, but 131 students are currently enrolled.
Sunnyside Elementary, located at 1000-5th Ave. NE, was built in 1939, with a two-classroom addition built in 1953 and a four-classroom addition and kitchen addition built in 1959, and a six-classroom addtion added in 2010. It has a square footage of 40,564. It has an estimated enrollment capacity of 320, but 352 students are enrolled this year. Four portable classrooms are in use on the grounds.
Jim Hill Middle School, located at 1000 6th St. SW, was built in 1963, with a classroom addition added in 2010 and a new gymnasium in 2013. It has a square footage of 134,445. It has an estimated enrollment capacity of 720 students, but has 765 students enrolled. Four portable classrooms are in use on the grounds.
Memorial Middle School, located at 1 Rocket Road at Minot Air Force Base, was built in 1966. It has a square footage of 51,758.
Central Campus, located at 215-1st. St. SE, opened in 1918, with additions in 1929, 1965, 1968, a remodel in 1971 and 1973, an addition in 1983 and an addition/remodel in 2001. It has a square footage of 195,356. It has an estimated enrollment capacity of 1,100 students; there are currently 1,036 students enrolled.
The former Jefferson Elementary, built in 1959, is located at 3800-11th Ave. SE. It is now known as Jefferson Early Childhood Center and houses early childhood programs and office space. It was closed as an elementary school in 2003. Children from that neighborhood were sent to Sunnyside. The year before it closed, in 2002, it had 106 students.
If approved, the $125 million school bond issue would raise money for a number of identified projects, including a new 550 student elementary school on 10 acres of land already owned by the district at the corner of 37th Avenue and 13th Street Southeast, the purchase of land in north Minot and construction of a second 9-12 high school, converting Central Campus into a fourth middle school for the school district, renovating Magic City Campus so it could accommodate grades 9-12, additions as needed at other elementaries and safety and security measures, such as relocating school offices closer to front entrances and adding more video cameras at schools.
If approved, the bond issue issue in Minot would raise the school district mill levy by 51 mills. The owner of a $200,000 home in Minot could expect to pay an additional $456 per year. Voters are also being asked to increase the school district’s debt by an additional 5 percent beyond the current 5 percent debt limit set by the state constitution.
The bond issue requires 60 percent or greater approval to pass.
If it fails to pass, school district officials have said overcrowding will continue and it might be necessary to redraw school boundary lines. Kids may end up attending different schools, they said. Demographers predict there will be 1,000 more students enrolled in the next five years. The current enrollment stands at 7,400 students.