Guest opinion: Farewell to Billings, K-12 schools, board service

2014-05-13T00:00:00Z 2014-05-13T16:14:04Z Guest opinion: Farewell to Billings, K-12 schools, board serviceBy LINDY GRAVES The Billings Gazette
May 13, 2014 12:00 am  • 

I will be resigning my position on the Billings School District 2 board, effective May 19, because I have accepted a position with a company in South Dakota and will be leaving the Billings area.

I have spent four years on the board and will miss working for what is best for kids. The district has made great strides on technology at the schools and with the board, and also on repairing the buildings and remodeling our two oldest schools. The two new middle schools will alleviate a lot of the overcrowding and plans are in the works for redistricting so students will not have to be bused all over the place.

When I got on the board, I had no idea what was waiting for me as a board member. I have learned what it takes to run the largest district in Montana.

I feel that more citizens need to get involved and be part of their children’s education. Our district has great teachers and administrators that go above and beyond the call of duty every day.

However, there is still plenty to do and I hope that the community will join with the schools to address our high school graduation rates, and expanding the Career Center, bringing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) to all classrooms, and increasing the technology usages in the classrooms.

I would like to thank all those who support and are dedicated to the school district. I will miss the relationships that I have made and the people I have worked with for the past four years.

The best piece of advice someone first gave me was to “always ask yourself how your decision affects the kids.”

I also want to thank the taxpayers for supporting the bonds and levies. They were greatly needed.

Please take part in your student’s education — PTA, lunchroom visits, sports games and music concerts, to name a few.

Remember, it is about the kids.

Editor’s note: Lindy Graves represents trustee district 5 in west central Billings. Upon his resignation, the board will have 30 days to make an appointment to fill the vacancy until the next trustee election in May 2015. The person elected in 2015 will serve the remainder of Graves’ term, which ends in May 2016.

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