High school technology, new trustee slated for SD2 meeting

2010-09-26T18:37:00Z High school technology, new trustee slated for SD2 meetingROB ROGERS Of The Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette
September 26, 2010 6:37 pm  • 

Bonds, technology and the appointment of a new trustee will dominate much of today’s Billings School District 2 board meeting.

With the successful bond election earlier this month, trustees will approve the official vote canvass and certification of the bonds passage.

On Sept. 7, voters overwhelmingly approved a pair of federal bonds worth $12 million. The two bonds passed with nearly 62 percent of the vote.

The district now has three years to spend the money, which will be used to replace the 70-year-old boiler at Senior High, replace the roofs at 10 schools and replace windows at seven schools. The district also will update the fire alarm systems at four of its oldest schools.

Also at the meeting, the district’s IT Department will present its new technology plan for SD2’s three high schools, Senior, West and Skyview.

Voters in May approved two of three mill levies, one of which was a $1.1 million technology levy for the high schools, which passed by a scant 10 votes after a petition forced a recount. Under the technology levy, the district already has purchased computers for some of its freshman English classes as part of a paperless classroom program.

The presentation Monday will detail the district’s complete plan for expanding technology at the high schools.

The board also will swear in its newest trustee on Monday night.

A search committee for the board voted last month to recommend Greta Besch Moen be appointed to the board after meeting with her.

Moen was the only person to apply to take the place of Mary Jo Fox, who stepped down from the board on Sept. 1. Fox resigned after moving away from the area she represents in the Heights. Moen, who has a doctorate in human cancer biology from the University of Wisconsin, applied along with Fox for this same seat five years ago. Fox received the appointed.

When the board’s search committee met with Moen in August, they asked her about the issues currently facing the district and whether she was prepared to take the heat that will come from voting on divisive issues. They also asked her if she had the time to serve.

Trustees attend multiple meetings a month and spend time during the week visiting schools and meeting with district officials. Moen just sent her youngest daughter, a Skyview High graduate, off to college this fall.

“The luxury I have right now is time,” she told them.

Contact Rob Rogers at rrogers@billingsgazette.com or at 406-657-1231.

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