There will be an election in the Grafton School District in October to
approve a building project.
The question will be whether Grafton school district voters will allow the
school board to spend the money to build a middle school addition on campus at
Grafton High School and Century Elementary School.
The board listened to a presentation from Johnson Controls of Grand Forks.
The Johnson Controls team told the Grafton School Board it'd cost over
seven-point-five-million-dollars to renovate and upgrade Central Middle School.
That'd include mechanical, electrical, and architectural improvements to the existing
building. The oldest part of Central Middle School was built in 1934, so the building's
But the Johnson Controls team said the classrooms there are too small and
the improvements will not be a long-term fix.
Superintendent Jack Maus told KXPO the addition could cost about 19-million
dollars. The vote will be yes or no to allow the school board to sell bonds to build the
middle school on the south end. 60-percent approval's required to pass.
Maus says Grafton school district residents would not get the tax relief expected
when the North Dakota legislature provided tax relief. He says the taxes would probably
stay the same or roughly the same.
The Grafton school election will be Thursday, October third, with polls open from
eleven-am to seven-pm at Central Middle School and Grafton High School.