SD2 prepares for facilities plan workshops, looks at opening staff walk-in clinics

2012-09-10T20:40:00Z 2012-09-10T23:52:55Z SD2 prepares for facilities plan workshops, looks at opening staff walk-in clinicsBy ROB ROGERS rrogers@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

As School District 2 continues to create its master facilities plan, the companies conducting the study will begin meeting with the public at the end of the month.

Trustees discussed the workshops at their monthly planning and development committee meeting Monday afternoon.

The community workshops are designed to give students, their families and the communities near the schools a chance to voice their opinions on the condition of SD2 schools and their future.

The first meeting will focus on Alkali Creek, Beartooth, Boulder, Burlington, Eagle Cliffs, Highland, McKinley, Ponderosa, Rose Park and Washington elementary schools.

That meeting will be held at Lewis and Clark Middle School from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 25.

Following that workshop — from 7:30 to 9 p.m. — will be a second meeting to focus on Arrowhead, Bench, Big Sky, Broadwater, Central Heights, Meadowlark, Miles Avenue, Newman, Orchard, Poly Drive and Sandstone elementary schools.

The following night at Lewis and Clark Middle School from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 26, the workshop will focus on all the district’s middle and high schools, including the Career Center. A second round of workshops for the same sets of schools will be held in October in the Heights at Castle Rock Middle School.

The master facilities plan is a first for SD2. The board has commissioned a number of studies over the years looking at how best to maintain or update buildings in the district, but never one that looked at all district buildings.

Also discussed at the meeting was SD2’s plan to open two MyCare Clinics in the district.

MyCare Clinics are on-site health care clinics open to SD2 employees. The district offers its own insurance and the clinics would be paid for by the insurance group.

The hope is the clinic will help cut down on the district’s health care costs by creating a space where employees can get preventative care and other services.

The first clinic would be in the basement of the Lincoln Center. The second would be in a commercial rental space in the Heights. Rent for the Heights clinic would be paid for through the insurance group. But before the clinics can open, trustees want to know how they would fit into the district’s master facilities plan.

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