Williston, ND (KEYZ) Big meeting Tuesday night at 6:30 at the ARC, as Williston Public School District number one’s Community Building task force, made up of a cross section of professionals, politicians, educators and Williston residents who’s aim it is to hammer out a publicly acceptable campus expansion plan for the special election coming up in January. School Board President Joanna Baltes explains.
“The group will study the current enrollment projections and the needs of the district from a facilities perspective, and then come up with a consensus about what should be placed upon a bond referendum for a special election in January. So that would include a dollar amount and what we are planning to build,” says Baltes.
This is the second of what Baltes believes will be four or five Task Force meetings, not public hearings, on the plan. Public hearings come later. Who’s in the task force?
“Small business owners, large business owners, school administrators, school teachers, retired educators, parents, people from the oil industry, and we’ve got county commissioners, city commissioners, folks from the building committee, parks and rec. We tried to really pick a cross section of the community,” she says.
It’s hoped the Task Force will conclude it’s work by the beginning of October, at that time Baltes says a series of public hearings on the plan will be held in order to shape the initiative for the ballot.
“Yes we will have possible five of these meetings, and then take their recommendations and put together some public forums throughout the month of October so that we can really get a plan out that the public can get behind,” says Baltes. It’s imperative that the time line move swiftly if the district is to open the new facilities by 2020.