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Mandan's Red Trail Elementary expansion

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Published: Dec. 5, 2019 at 4:44 PM CST
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Enrollment in the Mandan school district has been growing and prompted the expansion of Red Trail Elementary.

The superintendent said since 2008, there's been more than a 30 percent increase with students in the district and they expect that number to go up.

Red Trail Elementary is getting eight more classrooms.

"Right now our class sizes are really large. We've got fourth and fifth grade with 30-31 students," said Superintendent Mike Bitz.

Bitz says this will reduce class sizes and create a better learning environment, and this isn't the only school that needs more space.

"We did add four portable classrooms out of Fort Lincoln this year that we purchased from Light of Christ," said Bitz.

Mandan City Administrator Jim Neubauer says the expansion will help the teacher to student ratio.

"When people move to a community, one of the main things they look at is what's the quality of your school district," said Neubauer.

Bitz says he's expecting the classes in the new space to be ready by the 2020 school year.

Neubauer says the expansion won't affect taxpayers, since it will be coming out of the districts building fund and he is expecting it to cost around 2.5 million dollars.

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