by Grand Forks Herald
November 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm in Grand Forks Herald
A $3.4 million building project in the Thompson (N.D.) School District failed to receive enough votes to pass Tuesday. Continue Reading
Tags: Education, k-12 education, Thompson ND, updates 18 Comments »
Send ’em to Grand Forks.
Our school board authorizes building/operating more schools than we can possibly fill; with one in the works, and a second new school to be authorized in two more years.
At least Thompson got to vote, the Grand Forks school board inflicted the damage on Grand Forks by Imperial Mandate.
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Agree 100% If we had a vote there is no way it owuld have passed
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The plan is to build out somewhere by South Jr……That’s really not too far from Thompson as it is….Especially considering that probably the vast majority of the residence come to Forks to work anyway……Thompson is nearly a burb the way it is……Maybe in a few decades it will be offically a burb if things keep building out that way
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You got to vote by voting for the people on the school board and city counsel. Don’t like the way they vote, then don’t re elect them.
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Thompson students are out of Grand Forks for a reason. Their parents don’t want them involoved in the liberal Grand Forks school agenda. Sending them to GF isn’t going to happen. Thompson is ranked one of the best schools in the country. Parents would rather have their kids attending an over crowded school like that then bringing them into GF.
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You mean like having science class and maybe music? What liberal agenda? The superindent of schools in Grand Forks is a righty.
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I think it breaks down to prety much anything factual, or creative….Unless your talking Creationism….Otherwise you know…..History books that haven’t been adjusted, science that sticks to science….Oh and that nasty math stuff……..All that Liberal stuff…..And that’s even before we get into the mega Liberal world of music and arts.
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Shurkey, you are the most pessimistic poster. I can’t even imagine you ever smiling !
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I was disappointed in these results, but the school board will continue to explore avenues to fund a school expansion. People move to Thompson because of the excellent school system. I am not aware of them being driven from Grand Forks by any liberal agenda. Our school is great because the staff is great, period. They care about the kids and are always looking for ways to help them make decisions that will make them successful in life. The K-12 design ensures that the same teachers are watching your kid grow from Kindergarden until Graduation. Interaction between the young kids and the older ones is encouraged through a variety of programs. The young kids look up to the older ones and the older ones feel responsible to set an example for the younger ones. Parents know each other and watch out for each other’s kids. Like I said, the vote was a disappointment, but Thompson will find a way to serve our kids, just as they have in the past.
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We lived in Thompson for 3 years back in the mid-90s. The school system was even then noted as being excellent. Our kids had all left the nest by then but the town was a nice place to live but was strictly a bedroom community of Grand Forks. When I see some of the things they wanted the extra money for I don’t think I would have voted for it either. The biggest problem in Thompson in the mid 90s was the lack of paved roads. Always a big dust cloud every time a car drove through the housing areas. Did they ever get some of them paved? And then there was the speed trap reputation thanks to John Howard the town cop. It truly was a speed trap and that reputation was well deserved.
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A large part of town got paved last summer. I am guessing 75-80% is now paved. As far as the population of Thompson goes, I am guessing around 1000 in city limits is pretty accurate. However, we do have a good percentage of students that come in from rural areas, so the actual tax base is larger that just the homes in town. New homes are being built and most existing homes for sale are off the market in less than 10 days, so I think we are growing. Very nice place to live and even nicer without the dust from the roads. John Howard retired shortly after the flood, but Dale (the city cop now), likes to pick up speeders too….
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Thompson Has a theater for music, shows already, they just don’t utilize it. It also functions as a second gym! The big gym is already set up as 2 basketball courts for practice, so in all they have 3 courts. The existing theater seats more than what they can fit in the empire that they rent for plays.. Someone there sure does some poor planning. or do they think they need world class atmosphere for little to no benefit. Should never build or add on without proper justification for it’s cost.
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From some of the voters I saw walking into vote , as long as your 18 you can! It is their right but also you should be a property owner to also vote on this. This was just another fast pace push to get it shoved through for the wrong reasons .. Classroom space is what was expressed for the first meeting and you saw the big GYM in the picture. The planning was terrible and the k-3 were put out to the curb as usual.. No playground , no practice field for youth football and classrooms existing already with substandard heat and air conditioning … If this is a continuation of the school board then they need to look hard at the public not the elite or remove themselves .. The sole purpose was the gym and the traveling teams now… I say they need to find a place and pay rent. Not kicking out the kids in the “school sports programs”
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I guess I could look it up, but what is the population of Thompson? Is there even enough people there to cover such an expense over a few generations? I always thought they were something like 800 or less
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Maybe half that
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Ok…The 2010 census list Thompson as having just under a thousand (986 I think). Is there grant money involved someplace? How else could a town that size actually consider paying for a 3.4 million dollar project? Unless there’s some huge mansions that generate a lot of taxes that I’m not aware of….. I’m not being a nay sayer I’m really wondering how the numbers were supposed to work out here with such a low population?
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There is a big house at the north end with a three car garage.
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I see I’ve drawn some dislikes on a simple question. I’m not putting down the effort, but I’m really wondering how the numbers were supposed to work with such a small populatin. If the population was ten times that it would still be hard to pay for, but plausable. I just don’t understand how a town with a population under a thousand was ever going to pay for a project with that price tag. Is there something missing from the story like grant money or such?
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