SCHOOL GROWTH - Amid the ongoing recovery from the 2011 Souris River flood, the Minot Public School District also finds it necessary to plan for continued growth in student enrollment. Supt. Mark Vollmer has said that a proposed $32 million bond issue could go before voters next fall. The plan could involve building a new elementary school in southeast Minot, another elementary school addition and potentially constructing a second high school. The district already owns land in southeast Minot. At a meeting later this week, the district plans to schedule community hearings to gather input from area residents. When those hearings are announced, we strongly encourage members of the public to attend. The next few years will be critical to the future of the school district, and gathering information from concerned parents and residents will help guide the district in its decisions. And those decisions will be important ones. The district is facing growing student populations; this year's senior class has 425 students while the kindergarten class has 753 students. With the residential growth in south Minot, there's already a need for another elementary school in that part of the city. Perhaps the biggest decision will be whether or not to build a second public high school in Minot. Gathering opinions and information from city residents will be vital in moving forward.
MEDAL OF HONOR Minot resident Clint Romesha will receive the Medal of Honor from?President Barack Obama on Monday at the White House, and will be inducted into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes on?Tuesday. Romesha, a former Army staff sergeant, is being honored for his distinguished service to his fellow soldiers and to the nation. He will be the fourth living recipient of the Medal of Honor.?He earned the award for his actions in a battle that occurred Oct. 3, 2009, in?Afghanistan. Romesha moved to Minot in the past year or so to work for KS Industries. Romesha has earned all the praise and honors being bestowed upon him, and we congratulate him. We owe him our genuine thanks and gratitude for honorably serving our country.