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Wahpeton voters approve $30 million building bond

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Voters in Wahpeton, North Dakota, have approved a 30-million-dollar building project to replace and improve the district's schools.

When the votes were counted, 1,201 people had said yes to the project and only 162 disagreed. That's an 88% approval, and the district needed only 60% to move forward with the project. The $30 million will go towards replacing Central Elementary and upgrading the middle and high schools. 




Tuesday, October 1 people in Wahpeton, North Dakota, head to the polls to decide the fate of a $30 million dollar building project to improve schools in the district.

From bats to no air conditioning, employees with the Wahpeton school district say it's time to shut down the old elementary school and build a new one. They say the safety and security of the students are now in jeopardy.

From cracks in the foundation, to water in the basement, old electrical systems and temps that can some days reach 100 degrees. It's a building that happens to be the same place that holds close to 500 children.

"All classrooms are full. Title rooms are old storage rooms," says Rick Jacobson, Wahpeton Schools Superintendent.

At Central Elementary School in Wahpeton, officials says things need to change.

"This year has been the worst with aging of building," says Steve Hockert, principal of Central Elementary.

That's why they are asking for the city to pass a $30 million dollar building project that would allow a brand new school to be built, fixing major concerns.

"We're trying to address poor ventilation and lighting," says Hockert.

There would also be improvements to the middle and high schools and although $30 million dollars is a hefty amount of money, the superintendent of Wahpeton schools says this is the time to do it.
"With the legislature approving the property tax relief, people would still be getting money back," says Jacobson.

The proposed building project will go to a vote at a special election at the high school on October 1. Wahpeton residents can vote at the high school on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If the vote is passed construction will begin sometime this spring.

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