School bond issue approved
By Brian L. Gray
Mandan voters overwhelmingly approved a $12.5 million school bond issue for a new elementary school in Mandan.
A total of 2,581 people came out to vote for the bond issue on Sept. 25, and of those voters, 2,021 voted in favor of the bond issue, or 78.3 percent, with 560 voting against it.
The new elementary school will be located along Lewis Road and 37th Avenue N.W., on a tract of land the Mandan School Board purchased almost 30 years ago.
The school is planned to be roughly the same size as Mary Stark and Roosevelt Elementary Schools, with two classes provided for each grade, from kindergarten to fifth grade.
The school district will now turn to Al Fitterer Architects to begin the design of the newly approved school.
Dirt is expected to begin being moved in the fall of 2013, with the school set to start operating during the 2014-15 school year.