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Gazette opinion: Speak up now for Billings high school students, taxpayers

Gazette opinion: Speak up now for Billings high school students, taxpayers | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
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The Gazette is once again off base on their position.

 

As I testified during the House Education hearing, Lockwood is not interested in the division of assets.  We just do not want Billings to close their borders to Lockwood students that want to continue to attend their high schools.

 

I do not understand why there is so much concern from the AA districts regarding non-voted levies: these can all be factored in to the negotiated transition levy under the current bill language.  We fully expect to make their Building Reserve, Technology Fund, etc. whole during the transition.  This is not an elaborate scheme to avoid paying a few mills!  Eventually there should be a savings to taxpayers due to a reduction in the Transportation Fund.

 

The impact on Billings HS taxpayers for these non-General Fund accounts is estimated at 1.6 mils.  The impact on the general Fund will zero out after their increased averaging for ANB ends.  These calculations are assuming that the taxable value in Billings stays stagnant, as the area grows this impact becomes less and less.  

 

The actual truth is that Billings HS taxpayers will likely not even see a noticeable increase!

 

Please contact me if you have any questions.

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Lockwood Middle School Holds It's Own Science Fair For the First Time

Lockwood Middle School Holds It's Own Science Fair For the First Time | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, Lockwood Middle School holds its own science fair.
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Corvallis teachers attend presentation on grading

Corvallis teachers attend presentation on grading | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
CORVALLIS – While students at Corvallis schools were sleeping in or hitting the slopes on Presidents’ Day, their teachers were at a presentation in Hamilton learning about grading alternatives and
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Bypass needs to take pedestrian safety into account

On Feb. 4, I attended the Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District meeting in regards to the Billings Bypass. There has been one child too many killed in Lockwood because of unsafe
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If Graduation Matters, So Should Lockwood Issue

"Graduation Matters."
Does it? When does it matter?
Does it only matter for certain students? Does it still matter even when one district stands to lose money to another? Or, does not being part of the "right neighborhood" justify sacrificing the futures for some kids over othe
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‘Graduation Matters’ should apply to all students | Lockwood Montana

‘Graduation Matters’ should apply to all students | Lockwood Montana | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
This editorial was originally published in the Yellowstone County News issue January 30, 2015.

 
Editorial By Evelyn Pyburn
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Sides argue over proposed bill to allow new K-12 districts in Montana | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

HELENA - A bill that would repeal current state law and allow three Montana school districts the chance to build a high school was debated before a Senate committee in Helena on Monday.
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Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
The explosion in the number of needy children in classrooms has profound implications for the nation.
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SD2 increases its graduation rate but still trails state average

SD2 increases its graduation rate but still trails state average | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
The proportion of Billings students who graduated high school increased again last year, but so did the number of those who dropped out.
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Editorial: 'School choice' could have far-reaching implications

In this era of knee-jerk politics, meaningful dialog is often the first casualty. And such may unfortunately be the case with the issue of public funding for private schools in the 2015 Montana Legislature that convenes on Monday.
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Study endorses preschool for low income kids

Study endorses preschool for low income kids | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
A new study shows low income kids from Washington state who go to a state supported preschool are likely to do better academically than their peers at least through fifth grade.
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FERPA: The law you think you know, until you don’t | Office of the Registrar Blog

FERPA: The law you think you know, until you don’t | Office of the Registrar Blog | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
I know what FERPA means, but please remind me again The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a topic most of us are familiar with as staff. FERPA was
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▶ Spring - Courageous Leadership Conversation - YouTube

Laurence Spring, superintendent of Schenectady City School District in New York State, joins Food Service Director Scott Stowell on why Breakfast in the Clas...
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Gazette opinion: Start investing in Montana 4-year-olds

Gazette opinion: Start investing in Montana 4-year-olds | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
On a chilly February morning, Yellowstone County’s top law enforcement officers held a press conference to urge support for crime prevention by investing in preschoolers.
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Sen. Llew Jones explains SB 328: His ‘Education is the Best Bet’ bill

Sen. Llew Jones explains SB 328: His ‘Education is the Best Bet’ bill | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
The pace is hectic as the midpoint of the legislature is Friday. Major policy bills, including the CSKT Water Compact, Montana Healthcare, and Dark Money rules, are generating statewide controversy. Out of area special interests are looking to buy influence via both radio and print ads, inferring threats of primaries against non-compliant legislators. Bills get spun into what they are not, and “black helicopters” are being seen everywhere. Sadly, this is politics as usual.
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K-8 expansion: Districts would not be forced

In his Missoulian opinion (Feb. 12), Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Alex Apostle does a thorough job of outlining the many good things that District 1 has done and lists
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Study: High-quality early education could reduce costs

Duke University study shows that early educational programs can reduce learning disabilities.
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Laurel graduation rate spikes as students get 'intensive care'

Laurel graduation rate spikes as students get 'intensive care' | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
At Laurel High School, failure is not an option.
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With Early Edge, Lockwood preschool could build on successes, educators tell Bullock

With Early Edge, Lockwood preschool could build on successes, educators tell Bullock | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Lockwood schools took a leap of faith when the district started its own preschool program, local officials told Gov. Steve Bullock.
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Let East Helena have a chance for a high school

Read again, the reasons why Helena School Superintendent Kultgen opposes a bill being carried by Sen. Taylor Brown, which would enable East Helena residents to (a) evaluate the feasibility of
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Hellgate school district seeks to manage growth, considers high school

Hellgate school district seeks to manage growth, considers high school | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
At the same time Hellgate Elementary is asking the state Legislature to allow it to possibly create a high school district, the K-8 district also is looking to accommodate growth
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School choice advocates gaining influence, financing

School choice advocates gaining influence, financing | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Much has already been made of the news that the Montana House Education Committee will be led during the 2015 legislative session by two prominent supporters of school choice and charter schools. But since Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock is likely to veto any attempts to bring school choice to Montana, it’s the long game that is…
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Lockwood students earn $18K for new playground, get healthy tips from former NFLer

Lockwood students earn $18K for new playground, get healthy tips from former NFLer | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
As a reward for raising $18,000 for a $230,000 project to get new playground equipment for their school, Lockwood elementary students on Friday got to attend a special assembly that
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Exxon CEO defends Common Core education standards that Perry and Cruz have opposed

Exxon CEO defends Common Core education standards that Perry and Cruz have opposed | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
He and other CEOs were highlighting what business leaders have called a major impediment to hiring: the lack of technical skills among job-seekers of all ages.
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