Williston School District has 900 new students this year

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The Williston School district is also experiencing its own space crunch. Students in Williston School District returned to school last week.

900 new students enrolled in the school district this year. And school officials say that number continues to grow every day.

As of today, classes aren’t at capacity, but the buildings are. The high school has a limit of 1,200 students but had 1,401 enrolled Thursday morning.

The district says it’s working with what it has to try and fit everyone in. In the elementary school, the staff has already converted computer labs into classrooms to try and reduce class sizes.

“Another thing we’re doing is, we are very confident that our old Hagen swimming pool right across from Bakken Elementary is going to be renovated and we’re going to be able to house 400 students in Williston district 1’s first-ver innovation academy,” said Jeff Thake, superintendent Williston school district 1.

“So, that’s also going to alleviate some crowding because Bakken and the middle school are also, really busting out of the seams,” Thake added.

He’s anticipating a jump in enrollment after Labor Day since that’s when schools across the country start school.

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