Mandan News

Dates planned for new school

The future site of the new elementary school in Mandan, at Lewis Road and 37th Avenue N.W. The school district plans to break ground on the new school beginning May 1. Mandan News file photo

 

By Brian L. Gray

 

The Mandan School Board has put together its timeline for the construction of its new elementary school.

The school district will open up its bidding process for the sitework in February and award the bids on March 4. For the construction of the building, bids will begin March 15 and be awarded on April 15.

Ground will first be broken on May 1, and construction is expected to take 14 months, for a tentative July 11, 2014, completion date. This will allow the school to be ready for the 2014-15 school year.

The school district is considering two different options for the site plans, and is also working with the city of Mandan and the Mandan Park District to create the layout design of the school.

At this time the district is only working on the school’s site plans, while the design of the building itself will be explored at a later date. Lee Pierce, associate and project manager at Al Fitterer Architects, the group hired to design the new school, said, “We still have a lot of investigate with the staff regarding what will work and what’s needed, and the amenities with the site. We’ll get into the technical details later.”

Both site plans follow the same formula of Mandan’s newest elementary school, Fort Lincoln. The school will provide two classes for each grade, from kindergarten to fifth grade. Plans at this time include two outdoor baseball fields, a soccer field, a basketball court and a playground, all on the western section of the land in northwest Mandan.

Both plans include leftover space on the south side of the district’s property that could be set aside for a potential sale, Pierce said. The school district owns 30 acres land upon where the elementary school will be built.

The new school will be located along Lewis Road and 37th Avenue N.W., on a tract of land the Mandan School Board purchased nearly 30 years ago.

Mandan voters overwhelmingly approved a $12.5 million school bond issue for the new elementary school during a special bond election on Sept. 25. A total of 2,581 people came out to vote on the bond issue, and of those voters, 2,021 voted in favor of the bond issue, or 78.3 percent, with 560 voting against it.