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The Bismarck School Board approved the 2018-19 academic calendar Monday night, in addition to reviewing proposed renovations to Northridge Elementary School.

The board unanimously approved the proposed calendar. The board explored calendar options at its Nov. 13 meeting, and then sent out the proposals to district families and teachers for input.

The 2018-19 academic year will start Aug. 23 and end May 23. Winter break will run from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2.

In other matters, the board also reviewed upgrades to Northridge. In the fall, the board approved a contract with architects at Ubl Design Group for renovations at the school.

Northridge was built in 1954, and has a 436-student capacity. Currently, there are 448 students.

Jeff Ubl, of Ubl Design Group, told the board several repairs are needed at Northridge, including replacing the school's plumbing system, adding fire sprinklers and installing an elevator to solve accessibility issues. The estimated cost for the overhaul ranges from $2.3 million to $4.4 million, although the actual cost could be more or less, depending on what the board decides to do.

Board members on Monday agreed to review the options at their workshop Tuesday afternoon. From there they will decide how to proceed.

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