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Cavalier schools delays first day due to unfinished renovation

Jeff Manley

Students in Cavalier, N.D., will have an extra week of summer vacation.

The Cavalier Public School District is postponing the first day from Aug. 26 to Sept. 2, as a result of a $5.8 million renovation project that has not yet been completed, according to Superintendent Jeff Manley.

“We just feel we’re not at the point where we’re ready to open the doors just yet,” he said. “We’ve got some minor things to finish and some clean-up.”

The renovation project included a major kitchen expansion, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning system improvements. The project also included a new entryway and renovations in the office area, restroom remodeling, some new lighting and windows.

He said the kitchen, which is tripling in size, was renovated to meet safety and health codes.

“Because we had to move the kitchen, we had to build a new entrance way,” he said.

Construction began this past spring.

Cavalier’s enrollment is 425, including pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.

“We’ve kind of stabled out in the last three or four years,” he said.

Cavalier is a city of about 1,300, located in Pembina County, about 80 miles north of Grand Forks by road.

Kevin Bonham

Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  

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