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New School Delayed Again, Barnes Co. North Parents Upset

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Some parents in the Barnes County North School District are upset after the school they voted down three times before approval will not be completed by the time school starts.

The school is located between Wimbledon and Rogers, North Dakota. It was supposed to be completed by mid-September at the latest, but it could be November before students have classes there.

John Christopher and his girlfriend are frustrated that all is not going according to plan with the new school especially with their son starting kindergarten this year.

"Saying it's gonna start on the beginning of the school year, and then they switch it to September 15, now they switched it again," says Christopher.

The two already did not want the school. Instead of being blocks from the school in Wimbledon, their son has to bus nearly 30 miles to Rogers because the new one is not finished.

Christopher says, "He's gonna get used to riding the bus one way, and then he's gonna have to switch."

New Superintendent Mark Lindahl knows it is frustrating to many parents but says the project kept facing back-ups, explaining, "From getting started late to weather related issues...to contractor issues and things like that."

Rather than dwell on the past, though, Lindahl wants to move forward. "Right now, we're just concentrating on doing the things we have to do to get schools started, bussing, food service," he says.

The kindergarten and elementary school kids will go to the school in Rogers, and the high school students will go to Wimbledon.

That is until the new school is completed, hopefully by the end of October or beginning of November.

"Just hope they can wait on their judgement until we're ready to go into that new school and see what a wonderful thing it'll be for our kids and for our district," says Lindahl.

If there is any good news in this for Christopher's family it is that because the old buildings are available school will be starting on schedule in August instead of mid-September when the new school was supposed to be completed.. "That really had me upset when they were saying that we're gonna have to go in an hour early and stay an hour late. That's what they were trying to do to make up time," he says.

The school district says a non-profit organization purchased the school in Rogers but is working with the district to allow students to be there.

The school in Wimbledon has not been sold yet, but there is a potential buyer who would make it a daycare and possibly add apartments.
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