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Sep 17, 2013 12:38 AM by Dustin Klemann - Q2 News

SD2 protects students with new anti-bullying policies

BILLINGS - Monday's light agenda was packed with plenty of discussion on important topics for School District 2.

The issue topping the agenda - student bullying. Recent statistics suggest one in four students experiences bullying, while one in five experience it online.

Montana is the only state that does not require bullying policies within school districts.

SD2 took a proactive approach in unveiling clear and distinct policy.

"Stand With Us Against Bullying" will provide the tools for students and parents affected by bullying.

Superintendent of School Instruction Denise Juneau appeared at Monday's meeting to discuss its importance.

"From the date we've seen across the state and what students report and the calls we receive... We really knew we needed to do something and step forward. So we have a website that people can go to that provides fact sheets for parents and students and families who have a child that might be bullied and the steps they can take, as well as if their child is a bully," said Juneau.

To learn more, parents and students are urged to visit opi.mt.gov/bullyfree.

Also in the agenda was the issue of district's upcoming bond election this November which will request $122 million from taxpayers.

Boardmember Kathy Aragon suggested the district pursue a $36 million building reserve levy, but due to state requirements, changing language in the bond would be difficult to be passed for this election.

Superintendent Terry Bouck backed the original plan of the $122 million. He also recommended not to reopen Rimrock Elementary as the $1.2 million costs would be too great to justify its use.

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