Mandan News

Plans beginning for new elementary school

By Brian L. Gray

 

Following the approval by Mandan voters to build a new elementary school, the school district has begun site selection and preliminary groundwork for the school, which will be located in northwest Mandan.

School administrators met with representatives from the city and park district three days after the election to discuss plans with the designer of the school, Al Fitterer of Fitterer Architects.

The three entities met with the architect in order to get on the same page with the construction of the elementary school. “We want to continue to cooperate with them to make sure we get the best location that works for everyone involved, but also so that it works well for the city and the residents in that area,” said Assistant Superintendent Jeff Lind.

The school administrators will meet once again with park district and city representatives in two weeks to review the site selections. Following that meeting, Lind said, the administration “should have something for the school board to act on.”

The school board will also take tours of recently built schools, such as Sunrise Elementary School in Bismarck. It may also travel to Fargo to look at other schools that have been newly constructed. “This will help us make sure that we build a modern, 20th century school,” Lind said.

Mandan voters approved the $12.5 million bond issue to build a new elementary school in northwest Mandan. The bond passed with 78.3 percent in favor, or 2,021 votes out of the 2,581 that were cast. The new kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary school will be located at the intersection of Lewis Road and 37th Avenue N.W.