Voters in the Williston Public School District, N.D. next week will consider a $55 million bond measure to build new facilities to accommodate a spike in enrollment due to the area’s massive oil boom.
The school district’s last bond issue was in 1955, according to local reports. If approved, proceeds would be used to build new a elementary and middle school and renovate existing facilities.
Williston is the center of North Dakota’s massive oil boom, which is pumping additional revenue into local and state coffers and sparking a population boom.
Williston school officials said there are 300 more students in the district this year and that they have considered expanding into churches or other empty spaces, according to local reports.