School Build FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What have the enrollment trends been in the last 10 years?


  • 373 students in 2009–2010 to 625 students in 2019-2020
  1. Who can vote?

In order to vote in North Dakota, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen.
  • At least 18 years old on the day of an election.
  • A North Dakota resident.
  • A resident in the precinct for 30 days preceding the election. (School District)
    • (from ND Secretary of State webpage)

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  1. Why build now?
  • Currently school building is out of capacity
  • Parts of the building are nearing end of useful life, i.e. Old Gym 81 years-old,
  • High School 61 years-old
  • Construction costs will continue to increase
  • Bond rates are very low
  • 53% of the Districts valuation and tax base is from the energy sector

Current KPS Layout


  1. What other solutions have been explored to provide more space for students?
  • Have added portables (modular classrooms) to provide space. Not any room for more portables
  • Looked at expanding upwards but can’t occupy space below during construction (not feasible)
    • cost of remodel/addition is 3 times the cost of a new build
  • Enlarging footprint makes parking, student delivery, student pickup, which are all current problems, an even larger problem.
  • Expand west – taking out the Sports Complex (football field) leaves no room for future expansion
  • 3-story addition would require the fire department to purchase a ladder fire truck to meet firefighting standards along with truck cost, full time staff would be needed as part-time volunteers are not able to run ladder trucks
  • Bus students to Halliday – instructional time lost for bussing would be approximately 90 minutes per day. Some students could potentially ride the bus for 3 hours per day.
  • Closing open Enrollment – Killdeer Public School educates the “lions share” of students in Dunn County as we are a school district consisting of smaller communities and cover a very large geographical area (856 square mile). Closing open enrollment is an all or nothing situation which could potentially split families (we enroll your 3rd grader but not your Kindergartener).  This ultimately would only push our growing student numbers 3-4 years down the road.
  1. What is the School doing to get more space for Next Year?
  • Currently using Lutheran Church for Pre-K classes
  • Potentially moving business office and Admin too downtown location off school campus
  • Potentially looking at renting space in the mall to hold class for kids. (Early planning stages.)
  1. How do taxes in Killdeer/Dunn County compare to other cities and counties in our area?
  • DPI Financial Facts from 2018-2019 – ND State average 100.71 mills for schools, highest was 179 mills (Fort Totten) Killdeer was 58.61 mills

Tax Impact Calculator

  1. Why are they building a High School and Junior High instead of an Elementary School?
  • Elementary school is centered in town easy for young students to walk or ride bike to school
  • Older students are driving and easier for them to commute the 1/4 mile to new school location.
  • New school design will include collaborative learning areas which favor JH/HS education styles.
  1. Why 40 acres?
  • Land for future growth and development for the decades to come.
    • Parking – each acre of land contains 43,560 square feet, a simple mathematical computation shows if each parking space requires 180 square feet, 1 acre of land would accommodate 242 parking spaces. Of course, this assumes no turning lanes and each parking space is right next to each other.
  • The last time Killdeer School District bought land was 100 years ago. That sight is currently 13 acres.
  • School design space has moved from block and cell type spaces to open concept spaces which require a larger footprint.
  1. Why did it take so long to select a site for the new school?
  • Tried to find land that was close to the current school, ideally within short walking distance.
  • Limited availability of land itself.
  • In the beginning of the process, we pursued land parcels one at a time. These were very time consuming and ended up not being able to reach an agreement.
  • After the initial land deals fell through, we were able to secure an Option to Purchase Agreement on 3 sites further out of town. Performed geotechnical testing for soil types and had surveys performed to make sure land was suitable for building a school.
  1. If the referendum passes, when will construction begin and when will the school be able to be occupied?
  • Potentially, site leveling fall of 2020
  • Construction beginning in the spring of 2021
  • Occupancy by the end of 2022 but more likely the beginning of 2023-2024.
  1. What contributions are the County and City of Killdeer willing to make to the New School Project?
  • County has established grant program for the year 2020, Killdeer Public School qualifies for a grant of $8.5 million that can be used toward a building project or paying a bond.
  • County is going to pursue building a section-line road starting at the current City of Killdeer water towers and going west to the bypass highway across from Rodeo grounds site. This road will run by the new High School building site.
  • No contributions have been confirmed for support from the city at this time.
  1. What will the student capacity of the new High School be?

*Initial design concept will be to house 350 – 400 students and a design to accommodate potential, future expansion.

  1. How long will the bond take to pay off?

This bond will more than likely be established as a 20-year payoff but may be  a “callable or redeemable” after 8-10 years which means it could be paid off after the 8-10 year period if the District is able.

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