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Billings Public Schools are opening an investigation into a middle school principal following the possible connection to social media posts a local superintendent calls "appalling."

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.

This week, Gov. Steve Bullock is expected to outline how Montana’s schools could reopen.

Some schools are deciding to keep classes online for the remainder of the school year regardless of Bullock’s forthcoming plan, while others are waiting for the governor’s updated school closure order.

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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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On Monday morning, Billings received another in a recent string of school-related threats. The incident is one of several this year that will factor into a federal database in 2021.

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A report of a possible gun threat at Billings Senior High School Tuesday put the school on lockdown and drew a massive police response, which highlighted challenges in communication and resources.

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Updated 5 P.M. Oct. 22, 2019

The Billings Police Department detained two juveniles Tuesday afternoon after a report of a person with a gun sent Billings Senior High School into lockdown for over an hour.

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.

A woman in a red sweater and dress stands holding a book in front a classroom of second grade students.
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This summer Montana received over $2 million dollars in federal grant money to train more teachers in the state in the PAX Good Behavior Game. Currently some 11-hundred teachers have been trained in this strategy to help elementary students learn skills that can help them intellectually and emotionally throughout their lives.

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