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Published February 22, 2010, 08:55 AM

North Dakota Schools Hiring More Counselors

North Dakota schools are hiring more counselors to meet requirements passed by the Legislature last year.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) -North Dakota schools are hiring more

counselors to meet requirements passed by the Legislature last

year.

Lawmakers changed the ratio of counselors from one for every 450

students to one for every 300 students.

School counselors do everything from advising students on

careers to resolving conflicts. Marilyn Orgaard, the state

assistant director of school counselor programs, says requiring

more counselors is a good investment.

Lori DeRemer has been the sole counselor for more than 500

students at West Fargo's Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center. She says the

new requirement will increase the visibility of counselors in

classrooms.

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