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Killdeer Public Schools opens bid for new high school

Due to increasing enrollment, Killdeer Public Schools is looking at purchasing a new school building for its high school, with plans to renovate its current building to house its child care services, preschool through 6th grade classes.

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A rendering of the proposed new Killdeer High School building is pictured. (Photo courtesy of ICON Architectural Group)

With overcrowding classrooms and increasing enrollment, Killdeer Public Schools is working with architects and a construction company to build a new high school to accommodate its growing student population.

Killdeer Public Schools is currently working with ICON Architectural Group and Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. to draft out the plans for the new high school, Superintendent Jeff Simmons said. The project is estimated to cost approximately $34 million. The Killdeer Public Schools already purchased the land of 52 acres on Oct. 15, 2020, for $10,000 per acre, Simmons noted.

“The immediate thing that comes to mind (as) why it’s important is simply space. We are maxed out. We have every closet , every corner (used). The library is being used for classrooms, (and) every possible space is being used to teach and instruct students,” Simmons said.

Weather permitting, construction is expected to take off this spring, Simmons noted. The new high school will open in the fall of 2022 and encompass 110,000-square feet with 31 classrooms, accommodating the increasing rate of students and hold approximately 800 students of 7th through 12th graders. The new high school will be situated approximately a half mile west of the city of Killdeer, located on High Street.

The new high school will be comparable to its current school building in regard to classrooms, Simmons said, adding that the proposed plans feature a new Career Technical Education room and is a “shining point” of the project. Simmons said the new high school will also house a “state-of-the-art” gymnasium with a track around it.

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“(It’ll be) modest, but modern and it will be built into the typography into the side of the hill,” Simmons said. “We’re using the hills that we have here to really enhance how the building will look.”

On May 25, 2020, the Killdeer School District passed a bond referendum, which allowed for funding for the new high school, Simmons said.

Currently, the preschool and daycare for teachers is housed in a church across the school. Plans for the current building is to revamp it into a daycare and preschool through 6th grade school, he added.

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. is currently soliciting competitive Lump Sum Bids for the new high school, and all seal bids will be received by 2 p.m. CT Thursday, Feb. 25. Bids will be publicly opened via Zoom at 3 p.m. CT on Feb. 25 and publicly read aloud.

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Killdeer Public Schools is looking to build a new high school beginning construction this spring and open its new building in the fall of 2022. A rendering of the new high school is pictured. (Photo courtesy of ICON Architectural Group)

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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