Kenzie Mulconery, a Billings high school student, has felt at home since finding her way into the shop.
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.
A handful of Billings residents showed up at a forum Monday to tell School District 2 officials where the city’s public education system could improve, and the public will have another chance to do so on Wednesday.
How long students will be on the bus is the top concern of Billings families whose children could be impacted by upcoming changes to school enrollment boundaries, survey data collected by School District 2 suggests.
The new middle school to be constructed in the Billings Heights will be named in honor of the Crow war chief Joseph Medicine Crow.
The students and teachers hard at work inside McKinley and Broadwater elementary schools are surrounded by a hive of activity.
After Billings residents weighed in on the identity of the new middle school to be built in the Heights, the group overseeing the process has decided to send all four possible school names to the School District 2 Board of Trustees for consideration.
Billings residents may contribute to the planning process that will direct School District 2 into the future during meetings Jan. 26 and 28.
The proportion of Billings students who graduated high school increased again last year, but so did the number of those who dropped out.
UPDATE: 9:45 a.m. Buses in Billings School District 2 will resume normal routes for Friday afternoon drop off, Superintendent Terry Bouck said.
Soon all Billings high school students and staff will be expected to carry identification on campus as part of a district effort to make buildings safer.
Should the sixth, seventh and eighth graders who attend the future Heights middle school be known as the Raptors, and their sports uniforms emblazoned in gold and deep red?
Lines being drawn by 24 volunteers and a consultant will change where more than 1,000 Billings students go to school.
The West End middle school now has the blessing of the School District 2 Board of Trustees, which decided Monday to proceed with the project that voters already approved last year.
A new middle school on the West End, already approved by voters, could get the final go-ahead from School District 2’s board of trustees on Monday.
Families with a stake in where their children go to school can get their opinions on the map Tuesday evening.
The instructions were simple.
School District 2 administrators said Tuesday they are confident the district still needs two new middle schools in the Heights and West End — and will have the funds to operate them.
The committee assigned to redraw Billings elementary school enrollment boundaries will hold its fourth monthly meeting on Tuesday.
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.