Not long after Billings popped up as a bustling railroad town in 1882, a single downtown site has been, in one way or another, a hub for the city's public education.
Space between the stairs and the wall is widening around a staircase in Laurel's central office gymnasium.
Ceiling tiles have been removed to inspect the roof of the Laurel Middle School gymnasium.
Tim Bronk, Laurel schools superintendent, right, and facilities director Norm Stamper look over the gymnasium closed after cracks appeared in walls in the nearly 100-year-old building.
Cracks have appeared in an exterior wall at the Laurel Middle School gymnasium.
Laurel’s gymnasium and the nearby playground are closed after cracks appeared in walls.
Peter Hall, of Lewis and Clark Middle School, left, works on a question as area students compete in the Mathcounts competition at MSU Billings on Friday.
HELENA — A Helena middle school has been temporarily closed after tests revealed elevated levels of lead in isolated areas of the school.
Among 487 students enrolled at Meadowlark Elementary, 140 are kindergartners. No other Billings school has more kindergartners. Some are bused from Burlington and Big Sky schools, which have run out of room.
With school ballots on their way soon, voters are hearing a lot of talk about school overcrowding. What we are’t hearing, though, is a lively, public discussion about whether the proposed bond is the best solution to to this and other problems in the district.
Now is the time to act for the future of our schools, we all know that waiting will only cost us more.
Billings Public Schools’ $122.3 million bond issue raises many questions for voters, such as:
With just five weeks to go before school election ballots are mailed to voters, a team of community volunteers is launching a positive, high-energy campaign to tell voters why Billings needs to build up its elementary and middle schools.
If you want a ballot mailed to you for the Nov. 5 Billings city and school elections, you must be registered by Oct. 7.
School District 2 officials have signed a letter of intent to purchase the 17- acre lot next to Bitterrroot Elementary School.
Tonight the Billings school board will consider the recommendations gleaned from more than a year of careful planning and research. The time has come for trustees to endorse a sound solution to the overcrowding that has affected students in all of our 22 elementary schools.
The A&E/Integrus design team met with a group of School District 2 students on Thursday to conduct a workshop on middle school designs. The group met at the Lincoln Center to hear what the children expect from the new schools the district plans to build.
A School District 2 committee took a tour Tuesday afternoon of six possible sites for two proposed new middle schools.
School administrators usually work 12 months a year, but generally the pace is slower during the summer. Not so this year in Billings Public Schools.
School District 2 officials will spend the next two months searching out plots of land in Billings that could work as potential sites for two new middle schools.