School District 2

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Partners team up to provide transportation for veterans


An effort to provide a van to help transport veterans to equine therapy at Intermountain Equestrian Center west of Billings recently received a boost from several foundations, two local businesses and the Billings School District 2 Career Center. The first meeting of collaborators working to provide transportation for veterans to and from the Intermountain Equestrian Center took place in November. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Rally kicks off campaign for School District 2 mill levies


Billings voters in 2013 approved two new middle schools and renovations of two elementary schools in School District 2. Now, school supporters say, it’s time to add more staff. The Yes for Kids Ballot Initiative Committee kicked off its campaign for passage of a mill levy on Thursday at the Mansfield Health Education Center. Mail-in ballots for the May 3 election are expected to arrive in mailboxes on April 16. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Property for sale carries lots of early-Billings memories


There’s plenty of land for sale on the far West End of Billings, but few parcels pack as much history as a 3½-acre lot on the southwest corner of Shiloh Road and Central Avenue. On that property sits a 122-year-old one-room schoolhouse built by some of the city’s pioneer families, as well as a building that housed School District 2’s first vo-tech program. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: A ‘snow day’ that won’t soon be forgotten


I can’t bring myself to criticize the officials in Los Angeles who decided to cancel school last Tuesday in response to a terrorist threat received by email. People were already jittery in the wake of the killings in nearby San Bernardino, so the authenticity of the threat had to be weighed against some very real fears and some daunting responsibilities. (more…) Continue Reading →

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David Crisp: What’s wrong with ticking people off?


The saddest quotation in last week’s Billings Gazette came from Shonn Lehmann, a volunteer weighing names for a new West End middle school. After fellow volunteer Dana Winchell suggested the district avoid naming the school after a human being because of the politics involved, Lehmann said, “I think that’s what we need to avoid, ticking people off.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: Our schools deserve to have noble names


Maybe Billings School District 2 should adopt the naming system used in some cities and simply assign numbers to new schools. The soon-to-be-named building on the West End would thus be known as Public Middle School No. 6. God forbid it should be named after anyone whose life might serve as a shining example to generations of young students. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Absolutely True Diary’ author to speak at Rocky


If you want to hear author Sherman Alexie speak next week at Rocky Mountain College, Steve Germic suggests you get there early. Germic, an associate professor of English who is helping organize the event, said there is likely to be a full house, even though the speech will be in the biggest indoor space on campus, the gymnasium of the Fortin Education Center. (more…) Continue Reading →

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A word from our sponsor: Please welcome Dan Berry


I am honored — not to mention tremendously thankful — to announce that Dan Berry has joined Last Best News as an ad salesman. Dan retired from the Billings Gazette last year after a career of more than 25 years there. He and his wife, Kay, moved to Billings in 1979 and Dan joined the Gazette as an ad salesman in 1985. (more…) Continue Reading →

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