SD2 trustees to discuss bond, facilities and state legislature

2010-11-14T16:00:00Z 2010-11-14T23:54:03Z SD2 trustees to discuss bond, facilities and state legislature

By ROB ROGERS

Of The Gazette Staff

The Billings Gazette
November 14, 2010 4:00 pm  • 

Billings Public School trustees will get an update on the status of the $12 million in federal bonds voters approved in October and map out a plan for advocating district needs at the 2011 Legislature.

With the state Legislature reconvening in January, trustees will decide Monday night which trustees will sit on its ad hoc legislative committee and just what they'll be tasked to do.

“It's been done a lot of different ways,” said Barbara Bryan, board chairwoman.

The goal is to ensure that Billings Public Schools has a voice in the process and that the needs of the Billings students will be taken into account. SD2 is the biggest school district in the state, Bryan said.

School district officials, along with educators statewide, are bracing for multimillion-dollar budget cuts to come out of this legislative session. In Billings, it could be anywhere between $5 million and $12 million, said Thomas Harper, SD2's finance director.

The ad hoc committee that the board forms would include three trustees and would be charged with monitoring the legislative sessions, introducing bills if necessary and coordinating contact with local legislators, Bryan said.

The board will also hear an update on the district's bond money. The funds will be used to update and maintain district facilities over the next three years.

Along with that, trustees will discuss the district's existing facilities plan. The plan was adopted in 2005 after a board committee spent months studying how best to use and maintain existing district facilities.

The plan made a number of recommendations, but few have been implemented by the board.

Also at the meeting, players from West High's girls soccer team will be honored for winning the state championship last month in Great Falls.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the board room at the Lincoln Center, 415 N. 30th St., Billings.

Contact Rob Rogers at rrogers@billingsgazette.com or 657-1231.

Contact Rob Rogers at rrogers@billingsgazette.com or 657-1231.

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