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How Oil Impact Dollars are Being Spent on Schools in Bakken

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More funding help is on the way for education -- specifically, for oil country schools.

A portion of the gross production tax has already been awarded to alleviate particular pressures felt in these districts.  The largest share of requests relate to affordable housing for teachers.  And since more oil and gas activity means more people -- and more kids --the next biggest need is looking out for all those kids.

"One of the other aspects, and probably the second largest one is security.  As you would expect, there are more students around.  There are more parents, and people, and in that realm, they look to try to help secure their schools better," says Gerry Fisher, Director of ND Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office.

So far this fiscal year, the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office has awarded money to airports, cities, sheriff's offices and for dust control from the gross production tax.  Schools have received about $6.8 million, which is little more than half of what's available for them.  The Office still has about $5.6 million to award for education this fiscal year.


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