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Published August 24, 2010, 07:54 AM

Oil booms means more students for schools

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's thriving energy industry is boosting the state's economy, and its school enrollments.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's thriving energy industry is boosting the state's economy, and its school enrollments.

The Garrison School District has hired eight new teachers to handle a jump in enrollment, along with adding a portable classroom and doing some remodeling.

In Stanley, Superintendent Kelly Koppinger expects enrollment to increase by about 20 percent this year. Every class but one has been split into two sections, and the kindergarten class might need to be split into three sections.

Koppinger says with the oil boom-related housing crunch, the school district is constructing two duplex units to help house teachers and might build more in the future.

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