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Notes from the Superintendent

In April, I had written a short message stating the district was in the process of creating a Facilities Master Plan. This plan will include long range goals, deferred maintenance, and building options of the Bottineau Public Schools facilities.  JLG Architects out of Minot is helping with this plan.  From our early meetings, six options were created for the district. The first option is to add on to the current Jr./Sr. High and Middle School building.  This would make the building a PK-12 instead of 3-12.  The second option is to build a new PK-5 building on the land the school owns on the south end of the fair grounds.  The third option is to build a PK-5 building at Central and then remodel portions of the current building.  This would be done in two phases.  This would be a two story school.  The fourth option would be to build a three story PK-5 building at Central and to remodel portions of the current building.  The fifth option is to purchase land and build a single level PK-5 building.  The sixth option is to stay status quo and remodel buildings to bring them up to current code.  Since my last correspondence, the district has formulated the pros and cons of each option.  The district will now begin having public forums to gain insight and input from you the public.  The first of these public forums is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 pm in the James Holwell Auditorium.  As a district, we encourage all patrons to attend.  We welcome input from all patrons.  The information gained from this and future meetings will help the board in making a decision on the possibility of building a new school or updating existing facilities.  Additional public forums will be held approximately every two weeks to further these discussions.  The public’s input into this process is essential to completing a comprehensive Facilities Master Plan for the Bottineau Public School District.  Again, I encourage ALL patrons to attend.  The district looks forward to the publics input in creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment for the students of the Bottineau Public School.