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Land board awards nearly $7 million for Oil Patch schools

BISMARCK - The Board of University and School Lands awarded $6.85 million Thursday to K-12 schools in the Oil Patch affected by rapid growth.

The energy impact grants will help 23 school districts in western North Dakota buy portable classrooms, provide affordable housing for teachers, enhance school security systems and address other critical needs.

The Land Board set aside $25 million in energy impact grants for Oil Patch schools during the 2013-15 biennium, and the grants awarded Thursday represented the first round of funding.

McKenzie County schools were given the largest grant, $1.8 million.

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