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Students at Mountain Iron-Buhl High School walk to class Tuesday. Mountain Iron-Buhl is one of three districts on the Iron Range that would “co-locate” under a plan aimed at keeping schools and the Iron Range itself viable. (Bob King /

Iron Range school districts want to merge staff, buildings but maintain separate identities

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The sophomores, juniors and seniors at Mountain Iron-Buhl High School are taught social studies by the same teacher during the same hour.


The school’s small enrollment —214 this year — forces the instructor to teach three levels during the same period.

“If we were in a bigger school, that wouldn’t happen,” Principal Angie Williams said.

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