Billings School District 2

Public K-12 schools in Montana will have the option of reopening their doors to students May 7. Gov. Steve Bullock made that announcement Wednesday, about five weeks after ordering their closure due to coronavirus concerns.

A generic photo of a school crossing sign.
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As the largest school district in Montana faces an over $4 million budget deficit, some are asking how the budget became so unbalanced. School administrators say the proposed cuts to staff and operations likely won't fully fix the problem.

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The largest school district in Montana plans to cut 40 full time positions to make up for an over $4 million budget deficit.

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The largest school district in Montana plans to cut up to 40 full time employees to make up for a more than $4 million budget deficit.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of Montana October 9 through 10.
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The National Weather Service is predicting the heaviest snow will fall Wednesday morning, just in time for the morning commute and when children will be heading off to school.

Billings students wait for the Atomic Circus in Petro Theater on April 11.
Kay Erickson

It’s called the Atomic Circus, a multimedia chemistry show for kid’s kindergarten through 12th grade, to get them excited about science and higher education.

Jackie Yamanaka

Billings Senior High School saved taxpayers $85,000 in energy costs over a 4-month period.

Governor Steve Bullock applauds the effort and awarded the school $1,000 for its efforts under the SMART (Saving Money and Resources Today) Schools Challenge. 

During a visit to Billings Senior, Bullock recognized the school for providing a learning environment that’s also energy sustainable.

  Yes For Kids is back.

The local group is making its case to Billings voters to pass mill levies for local students.   

Campaign co-chairman Luke Kobold says passage of the levies will mean the district is responding to the demand from parents and the Billings community for things like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) offerings, reduced class size, programs for struggling students as well and gifted and talented, and funding for suicide prevention and school safety.