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Published August 15, 2013, 06:04 PM

Crookston schools hold call-a-thon to sort out reason for dwindling enrollment

It's registration day for Crookston Public Schools but many students in Crookston won't be attending classes there this year, and the district wants to know why.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

It's registration day for Crookston Public Schools but many students in Crookston won't be attending classes there this year, and the district wants to know why.

The district has lost more than 100 students just this year to neighboring schools costing it three-quarters of a million dollars in funding. Wednesday night, 20 people including teachers, school board members and superintendent Chris Bates held a call-a-thon, contacting families who have left the district. They had two questions. Why did you choose not to come to Crookston? And what can we do to to make you consider coming back?

Families choosing another school district told callers their biggest concerns are school climate, safety and the location of the school, as many families live in the outskirts of town.

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