District 8 voters to decide future of Williston’s educational systems

WILLISTON, N.D. - The future of the Williston area’s educational systems lays in the hands of District 8 voters Tuesday. From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. they are casting ballots to determine whether new schools will be built to deal with overcrowding classrooms.

Residents of Williams County School District 8 are voting on the $89 million proposal that would allow the construction of two elementary schools, a high school and repairs to existing buildings. The school board says this is a vote brought by the people, for the people, and both District 8 and District 1 will benefit from the bond if it passes.

Williams County District 8 Superintendent Rob Turner said: "We will be able to take the burden off them in regard to the high school. We will be able to take the burden off them with regards to the elementary schools as well. Until they can get something passed in their district. I really think it can help the whole community."

Some say they purposely moved out of city limits for lower property taxes, are disappointed, and are voting no on both measures.

"I bought a house out in a new housing project and it was out in the county away from the city. Since then our property taxes have gone up constantly. You know, I just don't think we should be paying for all of it," said Wayne Allen.

Alyssa Meyer says she voted yes twice because her daughter will eventually be in a District 8 school, and her other child is currently a student there. The district says 75 percent of teaching spaces are portable classrooms. Parents are concerned that the structures don't do well in harsh weather conditions.

"Compared to the rest of the State, a lot of our schools are just temporary buildings, which is kind of scary," said Meyer.

We will have the latest updates on the unofficial vote count as they become available tonight.