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first day of school could help tell pandemic toll

The new Fox Hills Elementary School, a $35 million project, is scheduled to open for the first day of classes in Watford City on Sept 8. 

BISMARCK — Fox Hills Elementary School, a sparkling, $35 million building in Watford City, will open its doors to students for the first time Sept. 8, the first day of a new school year.

The new structure is designed to hold 600 elementary school students, a number larger than the entire K-12 population of the school district just 10 years ago. Since the start of the Bakken oil boom, school enrollment in Watford City has nearly quadrupled. And during a decade of nonstop growth, with Oil Patch communities bursting at the seams, many schools were forced to cram students into overcrowded mobile classrooms.

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In Watford I got to go to my first National Park. I made some friends and we went to the badlands and saw things we never heard of before like jackrabbits and mule deer. In my opinion Watford is the best city ever!

~ Justice C Staton-Grade 5

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