Quiet night for SD2 board

2013-10-21T19:48:00Z 2013-10-21T23:59:14Z Quiet night for SD2 boardBy ROB ROGERS rrogers@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

No one stood to address the board during its period of public comment, and after two short hours and the completion of some perfunctory business, the Billings School District 2 board meeting finished.

It was a quick and uneventful meeting, a model for how board meetings should happen, many trustees remarked at the end of the night.

It’s rare that there’s no public comment at the beginning of a regular board meeting and it was especially so on Monday night. Ballots for the district’s $122 million bond arrived in voters’ mailboxes over the weekend.

Bond supporters sat at the meeting, waiting to stand and speak in support of the bond had any bond opponents arrived to voice their concerns. None did and so the bond supporters quietly left as the meeting got underway.

Superintendent Terry Bouck informed trustees that he was putting a group together to again evaluate the school

district’s calendar.

School this year started a week later in August than it has in past years and still schools were dealing with about two weeks of hot weather, Bouck said.

The school year is set to start on Aug. 20 next year and Bouck wants administrators to look at other options.

“I have a big concern about the temperature issue,” he told trustees.

Compounding the issue is the district’s high school graduation date, which traditionally falls on the last Sunday of May

at MetraPark.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have already reserved that day for this coming spring, leaving SD2 to seek out other options. It’s work that can be done by the district’s calendar committee, Bouck said.

Also at the meeting, the board reviewed a number of policies, along with holding a final reading for its newly revised anti-bullying policy.

Trustees tweaked a single word — changing a “may” to a “will” — and voted to approve the policy, pending attorney approval.

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