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NOTES FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

I HOPE THIS LETTER FINDS EVERYONE FINALLY ENJOYING SOME NICER WEATHER. IT WAS A LONG WINTER AND A COLD SPRING. HOPEFULLY, THE REST OF THE SUMMER WILL BE SUNNY AND WARM.

I WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TOUCH BASE WITH EACH OF YOU ON OUR SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT. LAST NOVEMBER, THE DISTRICT ASKED THE PATRONS OF THE BOTTINEAU PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT TO VOTE ON AN 18.9 MILLION DOLLAR BOND TO BUILD A PK-5 SCHOOL EAST OF TOWN AND SOME REMODELING OF THE CURRENT 3-12 BUILDING. THERE WERE 1050 PEOPLE VOTING ON NOVEMBER 5, 2013. APPROXIMATELY 46% OF THE VOTES WERE YES. A 60% YES VOTE WAS NEEDED FOR THE BOND TO PASS. THE SECOND QUESTION ON THE BALLOT ASKED FOR SUPPORT TO RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT FROM 5% TO 10%. APPROXIMATELY 44% OF THE VOTES WERE YES. A 50% YES VOTE WAS NEEDED FOR THIS TO PASS.

AFTER THE ELECTION, THE BOARD SENT OUT A SURVEY TO EACH VOTER. THE SURVEY WAS USED TO GAIN INPUT FROM THE VOTERS OF OUR DISTRICT’S FUTURE. APPROXIMATELY 60% OF THE SURVEYS WERE RETURNED. THE BOARD HAD A RETREAT TO EVALUATE THE INFORMATION. FROM THE INFORMATION GAINED FROM THE SURVEY, THE DISTRICT DECIDED TO VOTE ON ANOTHER BOND BRINGING ALL THE STUDENTS TO THE CURRENT 3-12 BUILDING. THERE WILL AN ADDITION TO THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE SCHOOL. THE DISTRICT WILL BE BONDING FOR $12,960,000. THIS BOND WILL BE OVER A 20 YEAR PERIOD OF TIME.

THE VOTE ON THIS BOND IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 12. THE POLLS WILL OPEN AND 7:00 AM AND CLOSE AT 7:00 PM. THE FIRST PUBLIC FORUM IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, JUNE 23 AT 7:00 PM IN THE HOLWELL AUDITORIUM. I WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO ATTEND. IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND, THE FORUM CAN BE VIEWED ON OUR WEBSITE.

OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, I WILL BE ANSWERING SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM THE SURVEY. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE AT THE JUNE 24 FORUM.