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Billings School District 2 trustees will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss a personnel issue and the federal economic stimulus package.

The meeting begins at 5:15 p.m. in the boardroom at Lincoln Center.

Details about the personnel issue were not available Friday. Trustees plan to discuss the matter in closed session - which is allowable by state law when an employee invokes privacy rights. If the board takes action, it will be done when the meeting reopens.

Trustees will also discuss a list of projects they hope will qualify for federal stimulus money, if that program is established.

President-elect Barack Obama wants to sign legislation aimed at shoring up the nation's economy. Gov. Brian Schweitzer has already developed a list of $3.1 billion in Montana projects that could be started if the federal money becomes available.

The district will submit its list to Montana's congressional delegation.

How the federal money would be distributed is being worked out.

Obama and congressional leaders have agreed the stimulus package will have no earmarks, said Barrett Kaiser, a spokesman for Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. That means the delegation couldn't designate money for Montana projects without review, but the list is still worthwhile.

"The list is important so that Max can help demonstrate the need to increase funding for school construction and other stimulus projects in Montana," Kaiser said.

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