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.