SD2 board to discuss trustee vacancy and school sites

2013-06-16T23:00:00Z 2013-07-15T16:29:04Z SD2 board to discuss trustee vacancy and school sitesBy ROB ROGERS rrogers@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

School District 2 trustees will meet Monday night to declare a vacancy on the board, ratify its labor contracts with two unions and discuss the school site process. 

The board first will have to declare vacant the seat held by Trustee Pam Ellis, who resigned late last month.

Ellis represented the east side of the Heights and downtown Billings on the board. Those who apply to take her seat must be registered voters and must have lived in the east Heights zone for at least a year.

The zone covering the east side of the Heights is one of the trustee districts that will have its boundaries adjusted in light of updated census figures, another matter on which the board will vote.

The board's stakeholder relations committee has been working on adjusting the various trustee zones to better reflect the population growth that's occurred throughout the city over the last decade. 

The adjustments are relatively minor and will change the boundaries on four of the board's seven elementary district trustee zones, if approved Monday night. 

If the changes receive board approval, the new map would go on to the state for final approval. 

Trustees also will discuss the process they will use to select sites for two new middle schools the district hopes to build in the next three years.

Last week, representatives from city and county planning, parks and recreation, housing authority, community health and transportation offices met with SD2 officials for an all-day planning workshop put on by the Georgia Conservancy.

The district's recently completed master facilities plan called for more space to be created for SD2 students as enrollment is projected to grow at a steady pace over the next decade.

Many of the district's school are already overcrowded or at capacity. 

After Monday night's meeting, the district will hold a pair of community meetings to seek feedback from parents and residents on potential school sites.

On Wednesday, SD2 leaders will hold a public meeting at Sandstone Elementary in the Heights to seek feedback on the school site selection process.

Then on Thursday, they’ll hold a meeting at Boulder Elementary on the West End. Both meetings will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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