Yellowstone County election officials on Friday mailed approximately 70,000 ballots for school elections being held in School District 2 in Billings and seven other school districts.
Ballots must be returned to the Election Office by 8 p.m. on May 7 to be counted, said Bret Rutherford, election administrator. Ballots should start showing up in mailboxes on Saturday, he said.
In addition to SD2, elections are being held in Canyon Creek, Huntley Project, Independent, Laurel, Lockwood, Pioneer and Shepherd school districts.
In SD2, the board is seeking a $1 million levy to hire new teachers and a $1.2 million levy to improve technology in elementary and middle school classrooms. Passing both levies is the first step in the district’s plan to reduce the size of crowded classrooms and update older and failing buildings.
One board seat in District 2 is being contested. Kevin Toohill, a parent, is running against Connie Wardell in Zone 7 on the far west side of Billings.