October 24, 2023 | Dickins Public Schools Bond Referendum 


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
  • 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


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  • 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.


              VOTING LOCATIONS

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
  • 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.


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 who are 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 voters 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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