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Portables Numerous in MPS District

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The school year is just a few short weeks away from kicking off around region -- and in Minot, it means the district is getting ready for more even more students to educate.

That continued increase in kids is pushing the district toward even more portable classrooms this year.

20 of these classrooms will be used this year -- rooms that sit outside the main school building.

They don't have running water, so bathroom breaks require a walk outside, and simply being away from the school isn't an ideal situation.

Superintendent Mark Vollmer says they are used so much now, it shows the district is about a full school short of space!

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "Basically if there were all elementary students it would be the equivalent of one four section elementary. Portables are great options for assisting in an area that is seeing growth, not exactly a permanent solution."

The situation gets even more interesting here at Washington.

The school is so packed that even the multiple portable classrooms aren't enough to house the kids.

The medical building just to the south of the school also houses one 5th grade class all year long.

It means more time outside...

(Kendo Carlson - Washington Principal) "The furthest one out, it is about 100 yards to walk to the building. During the winter...lots of distractions. There are lots of interruptions during the day."

Carlson says at Washington, every 4th and 5th grade classroom is outside of the school now.

Over the next four days, we'll have a look at the new schools coming online this year in the district...plus some of the construction on the existing schools in town.

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