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Published April 27, 2010, 09:16 AM

Kindred residents to decide on a major building and remodeling plan

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - In Kindred, North Dakota farmers are planting, students are counting down the days until summer, and the town is buzzing about an upcoming 14-million dollar vote. In Mid-May, those living in the Kindred School District will decide on a major building and remodeling plan, bringing all elementary students together and sending those in high school to their own new building.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

What surprises many is Kindred has grown to the 5th largest Class B school in the state; 670 students here that need more room.

“Technology that is used today in preparing students for a world of today, and we’re talking about a global society. To prepare them we have to keep pace with our facilities.”

Right now Kindergarten and First Graders are bused to nearby Davenport. A passed referendum would bring the pre-school and elementary all under one building, a remodeled school and not far away a proposed new high school. Parents who have worked the past two years on the plan say it is all needed.

“Everyone wants the best education possible. I am the daughter of an educator and I am an educator myself and of course we want the best facilities possible and the best opportunities possible.”

While 3 of the last referendums failed here the last 11 years, the school district hopes it has some weapons in its arsenal. The legislature dropped property taxes and the fed stimulus program means that 10 million of the 14 million will be interest free.

“This total project will be just under what they paid in 2008.”

The biggest hurdle is a needed 60-percent yes vote in order for this to pass. One reason the district is putting on miles this week, talking with taxpayers. That referendum vote in Kindred is set for May 20th. Informational meetings are scheduled this week in Kindred and Davenport; next week in Leonard and Walcott.