By late Tuesday morning, the annex building at McKinley Elementary School was little more than heaps of rubble and a few support beams, marking the next step in a major renovation of the 100-plus-year-old school.
Rain or shine, renovations on Broadwater and McKinley elementary schools will be on track for an August 2015 completion.
Students of McKinley Elementary clap and cheer for Cole Barnes and his mom Jamie, who teaches fourth grade at the school, after an announcement that the family received a $10,000 grant to make their home more accessible for Cole.
Jamie Barnes, fourth grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School, and her son Cole Barnes, 16, a Billings Senior freshman with cerebral palsy, have received a $10,000 grant to make their home more accessible for Cole's wheelchair.
Jamie Barnes, fourth-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School, whispers to her son Cole Barnes, 16, a Billings Senior High freshman with cerebral palsy, after being awarded a $10,000 grant to make their home more wheelchair accessible.
Cole Barnes, 16, a Billings Senior High freshman, hugs his best friend Tra Gaston, 9, after he and his mother Jamie Barnes, a fourth-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School, were given a $10,000 grant to make their home more wheelchair accessible.
Jamie Barnes, fourth-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School, hugs housekeeper Kim Stoltenberg after a school assembly where it was announced that the Barnes family would receive a $10,000 award to make their home more wheelchair accessible for son Cole.
School District 2 has tightened up its procedures for letting parents know what books are on the middle and high school required reading lists and how to request an alternate title.
School District 2 has hired two local builders to tackle the rebuilding and renovations for McKinley and Broadwater elementary schools.
The second of two teens who broke into McKinley Elementary School in 2012 in an attempt to steal laptop computers received a deferred sentence Friday in Yellowstone County District Court.
All over the district, years of accumulated deferred maintenance have created frustrating problems for teachers and custodial staff members.
In May 2012, a handful of Special Olympics Montana athletes lined up in the gymnasium at McKinley Elementary, welcomed to the school by the applause and cheers of the student body.
Kathy Kotecki works with a student at McKinley Elementary.
McKinley Elementary is shown in its early days.
Some parents at McKinley Elementary are upset with the way school and district officials have decided to once again bus McKinley kindergartners off campus.
Crews start to repair a below ground 27-foot-long concrete window well that has buckled and may collapse
The jarring sound of a jackhammer reverberated through the halls of McKinley Elementary on Tuesday as repair work began on a bowed window well.
Larry Foster from Custom Concrete works removing old concrete from around an exterior window well that could collapse into the school. Water runoff from the turn of the century school has created pressure on the window well, forcing the structure toward windows of the school library.
McKinley Elementary School's oversized window well outside has buckled and could collapse into the school.