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DPS talks about adding more teachers

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Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

As more students register with Dickinson Public Schools each week, school officials are looking to hire more teachers to meet the demand.

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At a meeting of the Dickinson Public School Board Budget Committee on Wednesday morning at the Central Administration Building, Assistant Superintendent Vince Reep spoke about the recruiting efforts as well as the need for more funds for payroll in the future.

The district is recruiting through the university system and Jobs Service North Dakota. It has plans to recruit at job fairs in the west, Reep said.

Gross production tax to help DPS get new activities bus

Dickinson Public Schools is looking to purchase a new bus with funds taken from North Dakota oil and gas gross production tax grants to take the place of the current activities bus that malfunctioned on a recent trip to Fargo.

“We have had nothing but trouble with that bus over the years,” Assistant Superintendent Vince Reep said of the 2008 Thomas bus. “(Superintendent) Doug (Sullivan) and I met with Harlow’s (Bus Service) and we all agreed we don’t want them to put $20,000 into replacing the engine.”

Reep said Wednesday morning during a meeting of the Dickinson Public School Board Budget Committee at the Central Administration Building that money is coming into the district for which it didn’t plan, Reep said.

The bus is expected to cost $140,000. Stark County is awarding DPS with $81,000 and Dunn County is awarding the district with $89,880, Reep said. The grants are for transportation needs.

“We haven’t budgeted for that,” Reep said. “However, we did receive two gross production tax grants from the counties.”

Final approval of the purchase will be made at the regular board meeting in February.

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