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Published August 16, 2013, 04:24 PM

Fisher Schools prepare for an influx of new students

The Crookston school district is losing more than 100 students this year to neighboring districts, costing it three quarters of a million dollars in funding. One of those nearby districts is Fisher, which has 119 Crookston students in its open enrollment program.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

The Crookston school district is losing more than 100 students this year to neighboring districts, costing it three quarters of a million dollars in funding. One of those nearby districts is Fisher, which has 119 Crookston students in its open enrollment program.

The Fisher school district has around 300 students, which is more than half of the town's population. Even with more than 100 of those students coming from Crookston, Fisher school officials say they can handle the new students this year.

Wednesday night, 20 people including teachers, school board members and superintendent Chris Bates called families who have left the district. Crookston parents told WDAZ off camera that many kids are leaving Crookston schools because the students either got suspended or expelled and want to try to "start fresh" at a different school. Superintendent Chris Bates could not be reached for comment. The Fisher Public School superintendent says they don't question why a student is transferring to their schools, but do consider every student's record for enrollment.

While the majority of the Fisher school district's open enrollment students come from Crookston, School Superintendent Lance Northey says the district also gets dozens of students from Climax and East Grand Forks every year.

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