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Published August 12, 2013, 09:35 AM

Small N.D. town of Marmarth plans big school project

The school board in the small southwestern North Dakota town of Marmarth has decided to spend nearly $1 million on a school addition. School Board President Amber Battest acknowledges that the amount seems a bit much for a town of 136 people with 18 students.

MARMARTH, N.D. (AP) — The school board in the small southwestern North Dakota town of Marmarth has decided to spend nearly $1 million on a school addition.

School Board President Amber Battest acknowledges that the amount seems a bit much for a town of 136 people with 18 students. But she tells The Bismarck Tribune that the town is growing, and the K-8 school built in the 1960s has run out of room.

The state Department of Public Instruction has signed off on the project. It will add two classrooms, a handicapped-accessible bathroom and storage and is to be finished by fall 2014.

Money for the project will come from the school's resources and a no-interest loan from the Slope County Commission that the school can pay back as it is able.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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