October 24, 2023 | Dickinson Public Schools Bond Referendum 

$69M School Bond Referendum Passes

On October 24, 2023, Dickinson School district voters overwhelmingly approved a $69M school bond referendum.

The bond will be used to fund a new structure that includes classrooms, a commons area, and a cafeteria with updates to the 90's addition. The new construction will replace the current pod classrooms.  

                                     OFFICIAL RESULTS:

Polling Place Yes NO Spoiled/Blank ballots
Heart River Elementary 288 165 1
Jefferson Elementary 776 211 <1>
Lincoln Elementary 639 337  
Prairie Rose Elementary 560 218 1
Stark County Absentee 221 98 1
Dunn County Courthouse  25


Dunn County Absentee  1


Canvassed Ballots (November 6) 9 1  
TOTAL: 2,519 1,045  


October 24, 2023 | School Bond Referendum 

In 2019, voters rejected two facility referendums for Dickinson Public Schools. As District leaders, we acknowledge and respect this decision. Since that time, we worked with various community groups to better understand what options we should explore to address the following challenges.

The Dickinson Public School Board proposes a $69 million bond on the October 24, 2023, special election ballot to fund a renovation and addition at Dickinson High School and enhance safety and security in the elementary schools.

Public Meetings

  • Public Meeting - Thursday, September 28 | 5:30 p.m. - Dickinson High School
  • Parent Meetings - 
    • Tuesday, October 10 at 5:30 p.m. – Berg Elementary
    • Tuesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. – Lincoln Elementary
    • Wednesday, October 11 at 5:30 p.m. – Jefferson Elementary
    • Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. – Roosevelt Elementary
    • Thursday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m. – Heart River Elementary
    • Thursday, October 12 at 7 p.m. – Prairie Rose Elementary
  • Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues - Wednesday, October 11 | 7:00 a.m. - Dickinson High School
  • Public Meeting - Tuesday, October 17 | 5:30 p.m. - Dickinson High School
You can view the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues | October 24 School Bond Referendum public presentation below.


Voting Locations

October 24, 2023
OPEN 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Heart River Elementary
Jefferson Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Prairie Rose Elementary
Dunn County Courthouse 

*You MUST vote in the county you reside in per the county auditors.


Picture of Ceiling tiles
Picture of old boiler system at DHS
Picture of flooding at DHS
Fire panels at DHS


  • Dickinson High School currently requires $35 million in updates and repairs, including but not limited to the following:
    • Roofing repairs/replacement
    • Fire Protection systems
    • Kitchen/cafeteria upgrades
    • Electrical upgrades and improvements
    • Intercom and clock/bell system
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations
    • Safety and Security
  • Increasing enrollment - Dickinson High School is at capacity
    • Dickinson High School is projected to go from 1,032 students to 1,310 students by 2031-2032
  • Need to secure entrances and improve safety at the high school and the elementary schools


Dickinson High School

  • Provides adequate classrooms, a cafeteria, and a secure educational entrance
  • Renovation and construction of a new addition to the current Dickinson High School Campus
    • Student learning will have minimal classroom interruptions during construction
    • Replace the current classroom pods
    • Replaces inadequate and unsafe educational facilities

Elementary Schools

  • Enhance safety and construct secure entrances for all schools that don't have currently have them.


Residental Property:
True & Full Value Monthly Tax Increase
$100,000 $11.59/month
Commerical/Agricultural Land Property:
True & Full VAlue Monthly Tax Increase
$100,000 $12.88/Month


If the October 24, 2023 bond referendum passes, the district will levy the tax increase during the 2024-2025 school year.  Tax statements would be mailed out in December 2024 and due beginning January 1, 2025. The tax would remain in place for 20 years. To determine the estimated impact of the proposed ballot question, follow the instructions below.

You can find your property's True and Full Value on your 2022 Real Estate Statement or by visiting the Dickinson City Assessor wesbiteStark County Assessor website or Dunn County website

This referendum only impacts those living in the Dickinson Public Schools boundaries, which cover areas of Stark County and Dunn County. Please visit the DPS Boundary Map to see if you are in the Dickinson Public Schools district boundaries. 

Please enter your estimated True and Full Value below. 

Note - You will need your True and Full Value for the Tax Impact Calculator. Please see the information below on how to find that information on your Property Tax Statement.


How do I find my home’s True and Full Value?

Tax Statement Example
Stark County Auditor 

Property Tax Information - (701) 456-7630

Dunn County Auditor 

Property Tax Information - (701) 573-4448


Understanding the October 24, 2023 Ballot Language 

Understanding the Ballot Language

Absentee Voting

Voters requesting to vote by absentee ballot can get the application by clicking here. You can also obtain an application at the Stark County Auditor's Office or the Dunn County Auditor's Office.

If you have questions about the absentee voter's application or process, please contact the Dunn County Interim Auditor, Sally Whittingham, at 701-573-9900, or the Stark County Auditor, Karen Richard, at 701-456-7630.


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