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Published September 14, 2013, 08:31 AM

Enrollments on the rise in ND oil patch schools

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Public school enrollments are on the rise in the western North Dakota oil patch.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Public school enrollments are on the rise in the western North Dakota oil patch.

The Minot Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1awDhnf ) that K-12 enrollment has risen over the year 4 percent in Stanley, 12 percent in Williston, 14 percent in Tioga and 19 percent in Watford City.

Good jobs in the oil fields are attracting people from around the country, boosting the population in the region. The Legislature earlier this year approved additional funding for oil patch schools.

Tioga Superintendent D'Wayne Johnston says he appreciates that, but it isn't enough to help his school keep up with rising costs.

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