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Notes From the Superintendent

The residents of the Bottineau Public School District will be voting on a referendum on Tuesday, November 5 on a new PK-5 School.  This school will be built in a new development on the east side of town by the airport road.  This is a very exciting time for our community.  I would like to take this opportunity to clarify a few items before each of you take time to vote.  Our district’s PK is for special needs students. The ballot will have two questions.  They are as follows:

Question 1

Shall Bottineau Public School District #1 of Bottineau, Rolette, Pierce & McHenry Counties, North Dakota, issue its general obligation bonds in the amount not to exceed $18,900,000 for the purpose of providing funds, together with any other funds available, to construct, remodel, improve and equip school buildings, including construction of a new elementary school in Bottineau, North Dakota.

This question is stating the district will not bond for more than $18,900,000.  Within this bond, $925,000 will be used towards the remodeling of the Jr/Sr High Science Labs.  A 60% yes vote is needed for the $18,900,000 bond issue to pass. This district has also applied for a grant through the state.  This grant is estimated to be a $10,000,000 at an estimated interest rate of 1.75%.

Question 2

Shall the debt limit of Bottineau Public School District #1 of Bottineau, Rolette, Pierce & McHenry Counties, North Dakota, be increased five percent (5%) on the assessed value of the taxable property of the School District beyond the five percent (5%) limit of indebtedness affixed by the Constitution.

Question 2 is increasing our debt limit from 5% to 10%.  Currently, our debt limit in dollars is approximately $14 million. A simple majority (51%) is needed to increase the debt limit.

To see this project come to fruition, both Question 1 and Question 2 will need to pass.

The last item I would like to address is the question who can vote?  Voters must be residents of the Bottineau Public School District for 30 days prior to the vote, must be a US citizen and must be residents of the Bottineau Public School District.  It is not as simple as having a child in the school, owning a lake cabin or owning land in the Bottineau School District.  You must go by your primary residency when voting on November 5.  If your primary residency is not in the Bottineau School District, you will not be able to vote on this referendum.  If you have questions regarding residency, please contact the County Auditors Office at 228-2225.

Whether you are voting yes or no on November 5, I encourage everyone to vote.  This is a very important project for not only the school district, but for our community as well.  Information from all the Public Forums can be viewed by going to the school website and clicking on the Facilities Master Plan tab.  The website is as follows:

www.bottineau.k12.nd.us/