Tuesday elections are 'pivotal' for Williams County

WILLISTON, N.D. - Williams County School District #8 voters have two tasks on Tuesday; approve or deny a $28 million bond vote and choose two board members in a recall election.

School officials say the polls will ultimately decide where the district is headed for years to come.

The bond would allow the district to build a 600-student elementary school by 2021.

It would raise taxes on every $100,000 true and full valued property by $62 a year. Due to two board members being recalled from their positions, voters will also decide who, out of five candidates, will fill those spots. School officials are expecting a record voter turnout.

“It’s a more visible election. The state’s been looking at us, the governor has gotten involved in some of the discussions. We all know how tight school enrollment is, and we’re bursting at the seams, and something needs to be done. So, I think all of those things really make this election pivotal for the district.”

The future of the school-district could vary greatly depending on who voters choose to fill the board positions. Both recalled board-members, Penny Soiseth and Curtis Sullivan, as well as Salena Gustaveson do not support reorganizing or dissolving the school-district. Sarah Williams and Chris Jundt on the other hand, do," said Beth Zietz, Williams County District #8 interim superintendent.

Polls will open Tuesday at the Mountrail Williams Electric Cooperative Building and the Williams County School District Office. from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.