Grafton School Board approves ballot language
Special election on building project
set for Oct. 3
GRAFTON – In about seven weeks residents of Grafton will go to the polls to decide whether or not they will help the Grafton School District move ahead with a building project that will move the middle school to the current high school and elementary school complex.
At Monday’s regular meeting, the school board approved the initial resolution to propose the issuance of general obligation bonds of Grafton Public School District No. 3 in the principal amount of $14 million for school construction and renovation. The initial resolution also sets Oct. 3, 2013 as the date for a special election where qualified voters of the district will decide whether or not to let the school sell bonds for the project.
The board also approved the language for the two questions which will appear on the ballot.
Ballot question 1: “Shall Grafton Public School District No. 3, Walsh County, North Dakota, issue its general obligation bonds in the amount not to exceed $14,000,000 for the purpose of providing funds, together with any other funds available, to construct classroom, multi-purpose and auditorium additions to school building; to renovate, remodel and reconstruct the school buildings; and to improve and renovate school property and facilities.”
Ballot question 2: “Shall the debt limit of the Grafton School District No. 3, Walsh County, North Dakota, be increased from 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.”
The Century Elementary gym will be the lone polling place for the special election. The polls will open at 11 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m.
According to Superintendent Jack Maus, two informational meetings will be held in September and will be open to the public. They are designed to explain all aspects of the proposed building project. The first meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, and the second meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The board also approved the AYP report for the 2012-2013 school year. According to the report, Century Elementary did not make AYP in 2012-2013. The district as a whole, Central Middle School and Grafton High School did not make AYP for the second year in a row and are on program improvement. The district and Century Elementary remain on program improvement and the high school is on program improvement for the first time.
In other business the board
• Was informed by Superintendent Maus that enrollment figures are up for the 2013-2014 school. The district expects 388 students in grades Pre-K through 4, 233 students in grades 5-8 and 254 students in grades 9-12 for a total of 875 students.
• Released long-time teacher Stacey Gaustad from her teaching contract for the 2013-2014 school year, on the condition a qualified replacement was found for her. Gaustad requested the release to take another position in Grand Forks. The school district has hired Allison Muhonen to take her place. Muhonen was recently a finalist for another teaching position in the district.
• Passed a motion to set the annual required public meeting concerning the district for the 2013-2014 school year for Sept. 9, at 7 p.m., following the regular monthly meeting. State law requires school districts to notify property owners of increased tax assessments. State law also requires school districts to hold a public meeting when there is any tax levy increase.
• Reviewed handbooks for the upcoming school year and passed the first reading of several policies.
• Approved three open enrollment agreements.
• Approved the rental agreement between the school district and North Valley Career and Technology Center.