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Lewis & Clark School District

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"We broke ground on this in ..., 30 Oct 2013 [cached]
"We broke ground on this in March, and it should be done by Thanksgiving," said Brian Nelson, Lewis & Clark School District superintendent.
According to Nelson, the project will be paid from the district's general and building funds over the next 15 years, with annual payments of $180,000.
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"We might just have to do ..., 1 Aug 2012 [cached]
"We might just have to do our business differently," said Lewis & Clark School District Superintendent Brian Nelson. "Maybe there would be no busing, or we would just teach math, reading, science and English and cut out all the other stuff."
Nelson estimated his district would lose about $1.375 million in the general fund, $145,000.00 in the building fund and $73,000.00 dedicated to technology. According to Nelson, the district levies 99.09 mills for the general fund, the maximum 10 mills allowed for the building fund, and 5 mills approved by voters for the technology fund.
"If the state supplies the tax dollars, we're still funded," he said.
However, he was concerned about suggestions from some Measure 2 proponents that the state could rely on oil and gas taxes to replace property taxes. "If that funding goes south ever, will people have to vote again to property taxes? he asked. "People should ask themselves, do they want to take this out of the constitution?"
The Lewis & Clark district is also facing a crowded classroom problem at Berthold Public School, with district patrons narrowly defeating a bond issue in January that would have funded an expansion of that facility. "We have a definite need there," said Nelson.
Superintendent Brian Nelson ..., 8 Dec 2011 [cached]
Superintendent Brian Nelson took the floor to address perhaps the most difficult issue of the meeting--the cost of the proposed project. The board has proposed $12 million in general obligation bonds on a 20-year repayment schedule, with a current fixed interest rate of 3.5 percent. He immediately pointed out the potential cost to taxpayers. On a home with a market value of $100,000, the expense would be $6.03 per week or $313.65 per year. For landowners, the average quarter across the four counties would be billed an additional $1.23 per acre or $196 per quarter, annually. "Our assessed school evaluation is $151 million," Nelson said, "and by state law we have a five percent limit of indebtedness for the district. But we know we're going to need more than $7.6 million for this project. We need your permission to add five percent more to go into debt." The board has approved a special election to be held January 9, 2012, with two questions on the ballot. The first question, which has to be approved by 60 percent of the voter turnout, asks if the school district shall issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $12 million for the purpose of the building, renovation and remodeling proposal. The second question, which must be approved by 50 percent of the voter turnout, asks if the debt limit for the district shall be increased five percent, on the assessed value of the district's taxable property, beyond the five percent allowed by the state constitution. Nelson pointed out several factors that could decrease the debt load or reduce the amount of time needed to repay the loan. He mentioned the Enbridge property will be added to the tax rolls next year and that a growing population within the district would add more taxpayers. He discussed the mill levy over the past few years. "From 2003 to the present, our general fund mill levies have been well below the cap allowed by the state," he said. "It was only in the 2007-2008 school year that we had to levy at 185 mills. We've saved the taxpayers $4.958 million by not levying the maximum number of mills each year." He also reminded the audience that the $313,000 bill for the addition built in 1997, which was originally turned down by voters but pursued by the school board, would be paid in full this year. "We don't come to the people very often," he said, "but we have an issue now that we need to do something about. This has been bottom-driven, and this has come from our teachers, parents and students." The estimated cost per square foot is $225, but Nelson said no definite bids could be requested until and if the bond issue were approved. Talking to the voters Nelson and Lautenschlager answered questions from the audience regarding the impact of a proposed new 900-unit development for Berthold, increased enrollment and the need for separate elementary and high school buildings.
Nelson explained that new development in the community would give the district a higher assessed value, which would allow the district to borrow more funds for building or to pay off projects sooner.
Nelson is aware the bond issue will be a tough sell across the large district, but the question is important to all the voters. "In the Berthold-Carpio area, people see that we need to do this," he said as he talked about the public visiting the Berthold school for various activities.
Persons with further questions about the proposed building project or the special election should contact Lewis & Clark School District Superintendent Brian Nelson at 701-453-3484.
"We understand they want to annex ..., 14 Jan 2012 [cached]
"We understand they want to annex because their kids are going to school in Max," said Brian Nelson, superintendent of the Lewis & Clark School District. "But they can open enroll [their children] without annexing their property, and some have chosen to do so. At this time, some families who live two, three or four miles from Makoti have chosen to send their kids to Max."
Nelson explained that the annexation may have been submitted in response to an opinion filed September 15, 2011, by the North Dakota Sate Supreme Court in the case of Lee Brandvold, Steve Bigelow, Dwight Johnson, Nikki Johansen and Bruce Peterson (the Ryder Group) vs.
District superintendent Nelson explained the school board viewed the closure as way to save expenses without reducing services. "The enrollment there had dropped from 60 to 30 students during those seven years," he said, "and with two buildings to serve at that end of the district instead of three, we were hoping our teachers for music, physical education and title programs wouldn't have to spend so much time on the road."
He noted that if the Ryder school had remained open that year, the kindergarten teachers in Ryder and Plaza would each have had two students in class. "We didn't want to duplicate those kind of services to kids," he said.
The district also saved money in administrative and custodial costs, as well as utility expenses. "Now we run three lunch programs in the district instead of four," Nelson added, "and nobody has lost any services."
Nelson said the Lewis & Clark School District was not offering an official opinion on the annexation request yet. "There are a lot of unknowns to find out before we take a position on anything," he said.
Nelson noted that parents make the choice to open-enroll their children for a variety of reasons, including opportunities for course offerings and proximity to a school.
"We have a big district, and some people feel they want to go to a school in another district that's actually closer," he said. "Some kids have left the Berthold school for Minot because they wanted more course offerings."
He explained that any children living in the district could attend any of the schools in the district. "We want our patrons to realize that for kids in the Lewis & Clark district, they have a choice of two high schools," he said.
Superintendent Nelson can be contacted for more information about the Lewis & Clark School District at 701-453-3484.
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