Bismarck School District proposes plan for growing enrollment

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Bismarck School District is proposing a three phase plan to address a growing enrollment.

Phase one includes building two new elementary schools in the northwest and the northeast, using money from the building fund.

The schools would each accommodate about 300 students at a cost of $24 million.

In phase two, the school board will review the long term needs for space.

Phase three could include adding a third wing to Legacy High School, and a pre-k center at Lincoln Elementary.

BPS Superintendent Jason Hornbacher said, "We're at a point right now with our current enrollment that we're having some capacity issues at elementary schools, with I believe eight elementary schools at 90% and five of them already over capacity."

The board will seek public input next month.