Tension between student diversity and their time on the bus came became apparent Tuesday night as the committee redrawing Billings school enrollment zones narrowed its list of options.
HELENA — Several pieces of data that apply only to Billings School District 2 ended up in an April 2013 demographic study for Helena Public Schools.
Lines being drawn by 24 volunteers and a consultant will change where more than 1,000 Billings students go to school.
Contrary to expectations, the final enrollment tally shows the number of students attending Billings School District 2 this year did not rise, but officials say that could lend flexibility to the district in years to come.
Billings' growth over the past 30 years has created some often-confusing attendance boundaries that end up with some students being bused past their neighborhood schools to far-off schools with more room.
School District 2 trustees will be busy over the next three days as they fill out their evaluations of Superintendent Terry Bouck.
School District 2 trustees will hold a special meeting on Monday to decide the parameters for this year’s superintendent evaluation and to begin the process of redrawing school boundaries.
The job performance of Superintendent Terry Bouck is now open for review.
The elementary portion of School District 2 grew by 126 students this fall, but enrollment in the high schools fell, bringing SD2's net enrollment growth to 58 students.
School District 2 released preliminary enrollment figures on Tuesday, showing a slight increase over last year.
School District 2 trustees voted Wednesday night on a plan that would see two middle schools built in the next three years, along with massive upgrades to McKinley and Broadwater elementary schools.
It's decision time for the Billings School District 2 board.
A School District 2 committee will spend the next several months examining the boundaries of trustee zones to make recommendations on how best to adjust them to account for updated U.S. Census data.
At a special meeting Wednesday night, trustees saw what School District 2 could look like if its school boundaries had no boundary islands and what it would cost the district to staff a few newly built schools.
Growth in School District 2 — which currently sits at about 16,000 students — will continue to climb each year until it peaks at about 17,600 students in the 2020-2021 school year, according to data presented to the board Monday night by Cropper GIS.
Demographic firm Cropper GIS will make its presentation to the Billings School District 2 board Monday night, showing where the district is likely to grow and how it could potentially impact individual school boundaries.