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  • New Watford high school allows ‘room to grow’: In heart of the Bakken, $53 million building opens this weekFebruary 15, 2016

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications

    Students in Watford City will say goodbye to crowded hallways and portable classrooms as they transition to a newly constructed high school this week.

    The completion of the $53 million school marks a new era for the school district that has seen enrollment nearly triple since the beginning of the Bakken oil boom.

    Students in grades 7-12 will begin attending classes on Tuesday in the new 163,000-square-foot building, freeing up space in the district’s other two buildings for elementary grades.

    “We’re excited to be back in what we’d consider a good position again with a little bit of room to grow and a little room to work with,” said Steve Holen, superintendent for the McKenzie County School District.

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