School District 8 Williston ND

Rapid Growth Seen in Williston's Public School District 8

While the oil boom may have slowed for now, its effects are still being felt in Williams County.

"The growth is just phenomenal. And I mean, it might have slowed down a little bit, but there's still people coming, " said Dawn Hollingsworth, a District 8 parent.

One place in particular that has seen rapid growth is Williston's New Public School District 8.

District 8 Superintendent Rob Turner said: "Our numbers have gone from about 100 students in 2008 to 366 students at this current time. You can see that we really need to build some schools."

It's been a long time since District 8 upgraded facilities as well.

"You know, frankly, the district hasn't built a new building or built a new facility in decades; over 25 years to my understanding. If you look at our current facilities, we're in dire need of upgrading them, " said Turner.

In order to fix these problems, District 8 has proposed building a new K through 12 school. In order to fund the project, the district is proposing a new property tax.

"We kinda sat down, and we kinda figured it out; and per $100, 000 of house, we figure it will increase current property tax $157, " explained Turner.

That increase will cover the $48.5 million needed for the project.

"With any kind of new facility like that, I mean, we're not talking tens of thousands, or hundreds, I mean we're talking millions of dollars. But we all understand nowadays anything like that is going to cost, " said Hollingsworth.

While that may seem like a large price tag, one District Eight parent believes that the benefits outweigh the costs.

"It's very much worth it I mean it's not just 'little District 8 needs this.' No, I'm thinking OK, this place has just grown so much that the whole community needs something that we know is going to be there, " said Hollingsworth.


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