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Published November 14, 2013, 08:55 AM

Bond issue votes set in 5 North Dakota school districts

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Voters in five northern North Dakota school districts will be deciding the fates of multimillion-dollar bond issues in coming weeks.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Voters in five northern North Dakota school districts will be deciding the fates of multimillion-dollar bond issues in coming weeks.

The bond proposals in the Kenmare, Westhope, South Prairie, Minot and Nedrose districts include several new schools and total more than $173 million. School bond issues in North Dakota require at least 60 percent approval to pass.

Kenmare residents will decide Tuesday whether to approve a $14 million bond issue for an elementary school addition and a second gymnasium, the Minot Daily News reported.

On Dec. 3, Westhope residents will vote on a $4.3 million proposal for various school renovations, and South Prairie voters will decide the fate of a proposed $12 million high school.

Minot residents will decide Dec. 10 whether to approve a $125 million bond issue for several projects including a new elementary school and a second high school. And then early next year, voters in the Nedrose district will decide whether to approve $18 million for a new middle school and high school.

The proposals would result in higher taxes for property owners in the districts, though South Prairie Superintendent Wayne Stanley said residents there would no longer have to pay tuition to send high school students to another district.

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