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Laurel graduation rate spikes as students get 'intensive care'

Laurel graduation rate spikes as students get 'intensive care'

At Laurel High School, failure is not an option.

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Few attend SD2 planning forum; another to be held Wednesday

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.

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Transportation top concern in school redistricting, survey suggests

Transportation top concern in school redistricting, survey suggests

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.

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With Early Edge, Lockwood preschool could build on successes, educators tell Bullock

With Early Edge, Lockwood preschool could build on successes, educators tell Bullock

Lockwood schools took a leap of faith when the district started its own preschool program, local officials told Gov. Steve Bullock.

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Heights school to be named after Crow historian, veteran

Heights school to be named after Crow historian, veteran

The new middle school to be constructed in the Billings Heights will be named in honor of the Crow war chief Joseph Medicine Crow.

January 20, 2015 8:20 pm Photos

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West class preps teens for hardest test of all: the basketball court

West class preps teens for hardest test of all: the basketball court

Cody Ostwald called his first foul in the third quarter. He dropped the whistle from his mouth and walked calmly to the scorer’s table.

January 18, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Ending decade of litigation, tribe and Catholic school reach settlement over exploitation suit

Ending decade of litigation, tribe and Catholic school reach settlement over exploitation suit

A settlement agreement has been reached between the Northern Cheyenne and St. Labre Indian School that could end a decadelong court battle over allegations that the Catholic mission school reaped millions in fundraising dollars by exploiting the tribe.

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Committee puts forth 4 names for new Heights middle school

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.

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SD2 board chair Halter says he won't seek re-election

SD2 board chair Halter says he won't seek re-election

Allen Halter, chairman for the School District 2 board of trustees, said he won’t seek re-election to the board.

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Graduation rate by SD2 school

January 13, 2015 1:06 pm
SD2 increases its graduation rate but still trails state average

SD2 increases its graduation rate but still trails state average

The proportion of Billings students who graduated high school increased again last year, but so did the number of those who dropped out.

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34-year-old man missing in Joliet since Friday

34-year-old man missing in Joliet since Friday

Authorities in Carbon County are looking for Michael Phillips, 34, of Edgar who went missing early Friday morning in Joliet.

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Montana High School Association to vote on policy for transgender athletes

Montana’s governing body for high school athletics is considering a policy that would create a pathway for transgender student-athletes to compete on the team that matches their gender identity.

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Montana ranks 30th nationwide in education report

Montana ranks 30th nationwide in education report

Montana ranks 30th in educating its children, according to a national report released this week by Education Week, with a score that was boosted by above-average student achievement and graduation levels but hindered by low enrollment in early childhood programs, stagnant test scores and une…

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Montana officials: Obama's proposal for free community college raises more questions

Montana officials: Obama's proposal for free community college raises more questions

Montana’s higher education officials said they’re not quite sure what to make of the president’s lofty plan announced Friday to make community college free for any American.

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UPDATE: Afternoon school buses to run normal routes

UPDATE: Afternoon school buses to run normal routes

UPDATE: 9:45 a.m. Buses in Billings School District 2 will resume normal routes for Friday afternoon drop off, Superintendent Terry Bouck said.

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19th century know-how inspires curiosity for students at Lewis and Clark event

19th century know-how inspires curiosity for students at Lewis and Clark event

While the seventh-graders were eating lunch, lecturer and Laurel veterinarian Don Woerner ducked into a large machine shop inside the City College building, where chairs were lined up in front of a life-size bison model that he recently created.

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ID cards, security system to tighten protection at SD2 high schools

ID cards, security system to tighten protection at SD2 high schools

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.

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Man charged with felonies after breaking window at Stella's

Man charged with felonies after breaking window at Stella's

Believing that police were shooting at him “from rooftops,” a man who broke a window at Stella’s Kitchen and Bakery early Sunday was charged with two felonies for criminal mischief.

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Man charged with burglary for kicking in door, threatening girlfriend

Man charged with burglary for kicking in door, threatening girlfriend

A man accused of kicking in the door to a residence where his girlfriend was and threatening to snap her neck made an initial appearance in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Tuesday.

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Rattlers or Raptors? Survey lets public weigh in on Heights middle school name, colors

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?

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One more day: Snowstorm that has dumped on area roads to bring another inch Tuesday

One more day: Snowstorm that has dumped on area roads to bring another inch Tuesday

The storm that had brought several days of snow to the area and made for treacherous travel is expected to wrap up Tuesday.

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$4,400 stolen from man said to have been offered for sex

$4,400 stolen from man said to have been offered for sex

A woman was charged with felony theft on Monday for taking $4,400 from a man she claims offered it to her for sex.

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As West End grows, so have private, outlying schools

As West End grows, so have private, outlying schools

The schools on the West End of Billings are growing.

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Skypoint lends enigmatic exclamation to downtown Billings

Skypoint lends enigmatic exclamation to downtown Billings

Skypoint has been called many names.

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Moving Skypoint's sails

Moving Skypoint's sails

Four of Skypoint's panels can be moved to adjust the amount of shade cast over the intersection — one way the sculpture's design keeps pedestrians in mind.

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White Christmas draws families to hills, slopes

White Christmas draws families to hills, slopes

Light snow arrived across southeastern Montana just in time for the Christmas holiday.

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Armed with new gifts, families take aim on Xmas Day

Armed with new gifts, families take aim on Xmas Day

Not long after their gifts were unwrapped on Christmas morning, it was time for some local youngsters to reload.

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Live rifle rounds explode in Billings restaurant fire pit; man arrested

Live rifle rounds explode in Billings restaurant fire pit; man arrested

A man was charged with felony criminal endangerment on Christmas Eve for dropping rifle rounds into an outdoor fire pit at the Rex Restaurant, 2401 Montana Ave., causing them to to explode.

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Crow government erects sign proclaiming 'Jesus is Lord' on reservation

Crow government erects sign proclaiming 'Jesus is Lord' on reservation

The Crow government wants the world to know the name of its God and has erected a sign along Interstate 90 to declare it.

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'It makes us smart:' Free books kindle literacy for kindergartners

'It makes us smart:' Free books kindle literacy for kindergartners

Kindergartners squeezed onto the class reading mat and sat "criss-cross apple sauce" to listen to a book — a routine activity that is vital for young learners.

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Coalition encourages kids to 'take a stand, lend a hand' against bullying

Coalition encourages kids to 'take a stand, lend a hand' against bullying

You’ve seen it happen.

December 19, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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Career Center students fix, donate car to local woman

Career Center students fix, donate car to local woman

LaVonda Curley won’t wake up Friday quite as early for a walk to work, where her shift begins at 6 a.m.

December 18, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

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Woman charged with 5th DUI after passing out in vehicle

A woman with four previous DUI convictions has been charged with her fifth after officers found her sleeping in a running car.

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Public scrutinizes latest SD2 school boundary options at forum

Public scrutinizes latest SD2 school boundary options at forum

Lines being drawn by 24 volunteers and a consultant will change where more than 1,000 Billings students go to school.

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West End middle school gets SD2 board's blessing

West End middle school gets SD2 board's blessing

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.

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West End middle school to get OK from SD2 board

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.

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Public can comment on latest school boundary options at Tuesday forum

Families with a stake in where their children go to school can get their opinions on the map Tuesday evening.

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Gift card drive next week for homeless Senior High students

A trip to Wal-Mart, a gas card or a fast-food meal with friends can be a welcome holiday gift for high school students without a permanent home.

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Billings all-girl robotics team, in its 4th year, still stands out

Billings all-girl robotics team, in its 4th year, still stands out

On Billings’ competitive robotics team, everyone tries her hand at the power tools or the computer code.

December 12, 2014 2:21 pm Photos

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R&B star Usher encourages Columbus students to try computer programming

R&B star Usher encourages Columbus students to try computer programming

All week, the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at Columbus Middle School have been playing Flappy Bird, a simple computer game that combines the addictiveness of Angry Birds with the game play of Super Mario.

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New cistern brings water back to Pioneer School

New cistern brings water back to Pioneer School

Water is flowing again inside tiny Pioneer School after a contaminated well made one of the area's last country schoolhouses feel more like an outhouse.

December 11, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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State wins $10 million preschool grant

State wins $10 million preschool grant

Montana has received $10 million to bolster preschool and Head Start programs in high-needs communities.

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Lackluster enrollment won't derail middle school plans, SD2 administrators say

Lackluster enrollment won't derail middle school plans, SD2 administrators say

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.

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GOP candidates vie for vacant house seat in Lockwood

GOP candidates vie for vacant house seat in Lockwood

No matter which fill-in legislator is chosen to represent Lockwood and surrounding areas in the Montana House of Representatives in January, he will oppose the governor’s big-ticket initiatives while supporting bills of local import.

December 09, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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McKinley gets all clear after odor prompts morning evacuation

McKinley gets all clear after odor prompts morning evacuation

Students returned to McKinley Elementary, 820 N 31st St, after being evacuated Friday due to a gas odor.

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Laurel schools super disciplined for driving buses without board approval

Laurel schools super disciplined for driving buses without board approval

Superintendent of Laurel Public Schools Tim Bronk was suspended without pay for two days last week after the School Board discovered he had paid himself about $1,000 for driving student activity buses to sporting events.

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Art created by healing domestic violence survivors on display

Art created by healing domestic violence survivors on display

“I never thought something like that could come out of me.”

December 02, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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21st Street underpass to reopen this week

21st Street underpass to reopen this week

The 21st Street underpass may reopen by the end of the week after the bridge was damaged by a vehicle.

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