Garrison voters return to polls for school issue

2012-11-12T12:41:00Z Garrison voters return to polls for school issueBy LAUREN DONOVAN | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune


After last week’s big general election, voters in Garrison are asked to head to the polls one more time Tuesday for a special school bond election.

The school board is asking voters to approve up to a $9 million bond levy to add classroom space to both the high school and elementary buildings.

The vote will require 60 percent approval and will allow the district to increase its general indebtedness to pay for construction.

School board member Bonnie Nygard said new families with young children are moving into the district and the school is having a difficult time juggling existing rooms to fit the students.

She said the upgrades would prevent junior high students from having to be bused to the elementary school for lunch and make room for basic needs like computers and special education programs that have developed in the years since the schools were last improved.

She said the board decided to separate the school bond question from the general election to prevent confusion over who is eligible to participate. The Garrison district covers a large geographical area from about 35 miles west and east into the Lake Audubon cabin site area.

Voters have been able to pick up absentee ballots and anyone who is still voting Tuesday can do so from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Garrison elementary school.

Votes will be canvassed at a special board meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Reach reporter Lauren Donovan at 701-220-5511 or

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