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Grand Forks Air Force Base to close school

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- The Grand Forks Air Force Base School Board has voted to close an elementary school to deal with declining enrollment on the northeastern North Dakota base.

Starting next year, students from Carl Ben Eielson Elementary School will go to Twining Elementary and Middle School.

The move ends years of debate and will save the base and Grand Forks school districts more than half a million dollars.

There are currently about 350 students on base. The student population there peaked at about 1,500 in 1995, when the base still had its air refueling mission. The base has since switched to a smaller drone mission.