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'No surprises' in new SD2 budget

The annual budget approved Monday by the School District 2 Board of Trustees takes advantage of new provisions approved by the state Legislature while putting more money into the district’s reserves.

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Billings Catholic Schools implement drug testing policy; deadline is Friday

Billings Catholic Schools implement drug testing policy; deadline is Friday

Before sophomores, juniors and seniors at Central High can lace up their shoes or polish their instruments for practice this year, many will have to take a drug test for the first time.

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State: Schools are ready for new online test

State: Schools are ready for new online test

Last spring’s practice run of a new statewide exam has shown that Montana schools are ready to test students online, state K-12 education officials say.

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For students struggling to read, hope comes one sound at a time

For students struggling to read, hope comes one sound at a time

Twins Ty and Alec D’Aigneau each fingered sets of colored tiles into five-letter words, then counted off each sound as they spoke it, slowly, to their tutor.

August 12, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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SD2 trustees revise redistricting criteria; public can tour schools tonight

School District 2 school board trustees on Monday ironed out the principles that will guide efforts of the elementary school redistricting committee to signal their desire to increase student diversity.

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Rocky aviation program helps meet growing need for pilots

Rocky aviation program helps meet growing need for pilots

From the time he was 10 years old, Tyler Reed knew he wanted to be an airplane pilot.

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Orientation connects Rocky students in multiple ways

Orientation connects Rocky students in multiple ways

College officials know how critical freshman orientation is.

August 09, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Back where she started: Khaleel trades dean's office for classroom

Back where she started: Khaleel trades dean's office for classroom

A calendar hangs on the wall in a corner of Dr. Tasneem Khaleel’s office in Montana State University Billings’ Sciences Building. It’s opened to the month of February 2004.

August 09, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Colleges, universities set calendars

Colleges, universities set calendars

Institutions of higher learning offer everything from two-year associate degrees on up in a wide range of fields.

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Rural schools serve students outside SD2

Rural schools serve students outside SD2

Children whose families live outside the School District 2, Laurel and Lockwood boundaries, may attend one of several rural school districts, which are preparing to open for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Organization important for getting back to school

Organization important for getting back to school

Clothes on the floor, papers strewn across the room and pencils hiding so they can never be found. The tools are there: Closets, dressers and desks. But they aren’t utilized. Organization is lacking. 

August 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Local business gives free backpacks to students in need

Local business gives free backpacks to students in need

Craig Bartholomew grew up not having much. Other families in the community helped his family. And the mentality to help others has been ingrained in his mind ever since.

August 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Student information for School District 2, 2014-15 school year

Student information for School District 2, 2014-15 school year

Registration is open for middle- and high-school students in School District 2 schools and starts Monday, Aug. 11, for elementary students.

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New MSUB classroom to integrate technology, collaboration

New MSUB classroom to integrate technology, collaboration

Montana State University Billings will start holding classes this fall in a new cutting-edge, high-tech classroom that blends new technology and a different approach to student-professor collaboration in its College of Education building.

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Families scramble, look for answers in wake of day care closing

Families scramble, look for answers in wake of day care closing

Like the hundreds of other parents displaced by the unannounced closure of Billings’ largest day care, Julie Dompier is reeling.

August 05, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Nonnegotiable deadline: Elder Grove makeover will greet students in time for school year

Nonnegotiable deadline: Elder Grove makeover will greet students in time for school year

When students at Elder Grove Elementary began summer break, they left from any one of five buildings on its campus west of Billings. When they return about a month from now, they’ll enter a pair of unified and transformed facilities.

August 04, 2014 2:32 pm Photos

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SD2 begins elementary, middle school redistricting efforts

SD2 begins elementary, middle school redistricting efforts

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.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Summer science: YBGR students get hands-on courses

Summer science: YBGR students get hands-on courses

Just a few minutes into Dan Carter’s physics and engineering presentation in Jevon Lulf and Tammy Baldry’s classroom at the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch’s Yellowstone Academy, the kids were already hooked.

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Nearly all area school construction awarded to local companies

Nearly all area school construction awarded to local companies

This summer is a sprint for area schools to complete millions in building upgrades and repairs during the next few weeks.

July 29, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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In show of trust, SD2 board shuffles committees

In a sign of emerging trust among trustees, members of the School District 2 school board agreed Monday to retool the board's committee structure in an effort to govern more effectively.

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Lincoln Center has shaped education in Billings for 130 years

Lincoln Center has shaped education in Billings for 130 years

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.

July 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Conference seeks to rally, empower Montana's top teachers

Conference seeks to rally, empower Montana's top teachers

It wasn’t entirely clear whether the wastebasket Billings teacher Shelly Stanton clutched was a receptacle or a shield as she fielded a barrage of crumpled paper hurled by fellow educators during her conference session on Wednesday.

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SD2 board gives preliminary budget approval

School District 2 School Board trustees granted preliminary approval for next year’s elementary and high school budgets Monday.

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State amends rule to require bus driver background checks

State amends rule to require bus driver background checks

Every school bus driver in Montana must now undergo a criminal background check before getting behind the wheel.

July 17, 2014 7:52 pmLoading…

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