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The first in a series of community workshops on Billings School District 2 facilities is set for Tuesday evening.

The community workshops are part of the facilities master planning process recently undertaken by the district. The meetings are designed to give students, their families and the neighborhoods around the schools a chance to voice their opinions on the condition of SD2 schools and their future.

District officials are hopeful that they will be well attended.

"It is important to us that all of you have the opportunity to understand the process, ask questions and provide valuable feedback," Superintendent Terry Bouck told parents and community members Monday.

The first meeting — at Lewis and Clark Middle School from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday — will focus on Alkali Creek, Beartooth, Boulder, Burlington, Eagle Cliffs, Highland, McKinley, Ponderosa, Rose Park and Washington elementary schools.

Following that workshop will be a second meeting, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., to focus on Arrowhead, Bench, Big Sky, Broadwater, Central Heights, Meadowlark, Miles Avenue, Newman, Orchard, Poly Drive and Sandstone elementary schools.

On Wednesday at Lewis and Clark Middle School from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m., the workshop will focus on the district’s middle schools and high schools, including the Career Center. A second round of workshops for the same sets of schools will be held in October in the Heights at Castle Rock Middle School.

The master facilities plan is a first for SD2. The board has commissioned a number of studies over the years looking at how best to maintain or update buildings in the district, but never one that looked at all district buildings.

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