WILLISTON, N.D. - Williston had its long-awaited school district bond vote Tuesday. We asked voters what their take was on the referendum, and not everyone agreed with the proposed tax increase.
"We believe in home-schooling as opposed to public-school, and we have to pay for public school and home-schooling. I would at least like to see a break for the home-schoolers so they don't have to pay taxes into the public school system,” say Williston residents, Pam and Keith Rinas.
Most teachers from the district are in support of the bond, saying that they see the issue with over-crowding first-hand.
Williston High School Counselor Brent Lysne says, "Our community has grown so quickly, and we need to strengthen our educational opportunities for all our families and students, and that's why I'm voting yes."
Families will be directly affected by the passing of this referendum, and have high hopes for the future.
"Thinking about my son who is only a fourth-grader coming up next year to Bakken, and as he gets older through middle-school and high-school; I think it's just a really exciting time and a lot of great things are happening,” says Brandi Mehlhoff, the Bakken Elementary School Librarian.
McKenzie County School District One in Watford City also had their special election today, and results are expected tonight.