Grand Forks Air Force Base school enrollment drops

Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The two elementary schools at Grand Forks Air Force Base have seen enrollment plummet more than 80 percent in the past 15 years, but officials are optimistic a new mission will bring more personnel and their families to the base.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the enrollment of 307 students is just above a threshold set by the school district for beginning discussions on consolidating the schools. The peak enrollment at the base was about 1,500 students in 1995.

The military has ended the base's tanker mission and is replacing it with a smaller drone mission. Assistant School Superintendent Jody Thompson says base leaders expect more than 400 personnel to move to the base this year, about half of whom have children.