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The Mandan school board met in a special session on Tuesday to approve two purchase contracts for the construction of a new high school.
The property is located between Eighth Avenue Northwest and Highway 1806, between Mandan Middle School and Starion Sports Complex. Covering almost 50 acres, the site was chosen for its size, low infrastructure costs and high accessibility.
“This property provides an ideal location… while still providing enough space for the school today and in the future,” Superintendent Mike Bitz said in a statement.
The property was purchased from Mel Heck and Pat and Mike Wachter.
The new school, slated for completion in 2024, will address overcrowding and significant mechanical and structural issues at the current high school. The new facility will be built to accommodate approximately 1,400 students when it opens, with space set aside for future expansion.
The district may also have opportunities to sell small commercial properties, allowing for the construction of interesting businesses around the new school.
“The designs for the new school are not yet complete,” Mandan School Board Chairman Tim Rector said. “However, the acquisition of the property will allow this process to begin.”