Schools all around the Bakken region of North Dakota are experiencing a rapid expansion.
As a result they are passing bond issues, and asking the state for help to deal with the population growing pains.
Bonnie Campo takes us to Grenora for a look at how one school is preparing for its future children.
School may be out for the summer, but the people of Grenora, they're cracking their books, checkbooks that is. As they have just recently passed a ten million dollar bond issue, that will help reconstruct a school that hasn't been touched since 1969.
(Troy Walters, Superintendent of Grenora Public School) "The bond issue wasn't about a news school. Everybody thinks it's a brand new school. The school that we are in right now is 50 years old. It's served it's purpose. We are still going to continue using it. We just need more space."
While the bond issues narrowly passed, it will provide for each and every student in Grenora.
(Troy Walters, Superintendent of Grenora Public School) "Over the last five years we are up 38 percent. When I started here 5 years ago, we had 44 kids, as of last year we had 182. Our special education was in a closet. Our speech was in a closet, things like that. So we just needed more space."
The renovation means a new multipurpose room, locker rooms and class space. Like other North Dakota Public Schools, they could got some help paying for it from the state.
(Troy Walters, Superintendent of Grenora Public School) "The governor stepped in and made land adjustments, or land taxes, reduce the cost in land taxes. So really what your taxes were two year ago, is what your taxes are gonna be next year. "
Grenora will also wait to hear from the state legislature's next session to find out if they qualify for any other loans or aid to help offset their bond. In Grenora, Bonnie Campo KX News.