As a former school board member of a small independent school district in Billings (Blue Creek School District No. 3), I strongly support Billings School District 2’s upcoming bond election.
School boards often face two conflicting issues: 1. Maintaining school buildings and grounds at a level that provides safe, healthy environments for learners, and 2. Battling to find the dollars necessary to do the needed maintenance and repairs. Now, with federal and state assistance, Billings School District 2 has been given an amazing opportunity to accomplish both goals — doing long-needed building maintenance at a bargain price. Local taxpayers will pay zero interest and only part of the $12 million worth of repairs.
Those of us who live in outlying independent elementary school districts will pay only for the high school bond. Under this bond, all high schools and the Career Center will get much-needed repairs totaling about $7.58 million. The cost to the taxpayers for the high school bond is estimated at $5.23 per year (for 15 years) on a home valued at $200,000.
Supporting this bond election just makes good sense. It makes good sense to provide safe and healthy buildings for students. It makes good sense to save taxpayers dollars while doing so. It just makes good sense.