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Williston faces teacher shortage ahead of new term

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- Williston Public School District No. 1 is looking to fill 18 open teacher spots just weeks before the start of the school year.

Superintendent Viola LaFountaine says she feels the Williston's bad reputation and a lack of housing has made recruiting teachers difficult. Williston's housing prices have been driven up by the oil boom and many one-bedroom apartments in Williston rent for around $2,000 a month.

LaFountaine says principals at the elementary schools are going to see if retired teachers would be interested in coming back this year. Fourteen of the district's teachers retired last year.