Bond issue being promoted by committee

Outlook staff writer

At Monday’s school board meeting, Supt. Linda Filpula announced that the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch is offering to provide a full time Chemical Dependency Counselor to compliment the Comprehensive School and Community Treatment team. 

School personnel recommends at-risk students by contacting parents to notify and educate them about the opportunity. If parents are agreeable, then YBGR contacts them and works with them and the student from that point forward. 

Filpula said the district will provide office space for meetings between counselors and students, but no other district resources will be used. 

“We [school staff] reach out to the parents to get permission” to have the counselor contact the students and parents, and “they will work with the family outside of school,” Filpula said. 


School bond committee

Filpula also reported the Bond Committee is actively promoting the school bond and informing citizens of the plan at various organizational meetings. She said she will be attending some of those meetings as a resource and to answer questions. Information about the 20-Year Master Plan and Bond Election is posted on the district website. 

The Bond Committee made presentations at the Rotary Club and Laurel Democrats meetings this week. The committee is stressing the importance of the Nov. 7 vote for Laurels future. The $52 million bond will help ease the overcrowding in all schools in the district, expand programming and services for students, expand services and facility availability for community utilization and ensure the completion of all deferred maintenance projects.

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• The Billings YMCA made a presentation about offering youth basketball and volleyball programs in the elementary school  

• Travis Kimm was introduced and hired as the math teacher at Middle School. Middle School Principal Patrick Cates said Kimm has degrees in math and agribusiness from Montana State and a background in implementing technology to enhance student learning in the classroom.

• The new bus 7 engine was installed and is working fine.

• High School Principal Shawnda Zahara reported 12 students are enrolled in Pro-Start, the schools new culinary arts program.


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