Apr 17, 2012 12:40 AM by Amanda Venegas
BILLINGS - The state Office of Public Instruction is now stepping in to School District 2 matters. This after 96 of the district's classes are found to be overcrowded.
Interim Superintendent Jack Copps says OPI is looking at downgrading the district's accreditation rating because of the alarming rate of overcrowded classes. The district continues to see major enrollment growth. This year an additional 300 plus students. A majority of these oversized classes are at the kindergarten through second grade level. Copps says these classes are usually two to three students over accreditation size. The district must now present a plan on May 11 to OPI.
Monday night trustees also had some frank discussions about the future budget and the need to hire staff. The board agreed to hire eight new teachers next year.
Meanwhile, Boys and Girls Club representatives addressed trustees saying there is a big need for a facility in the Billings Heights. They want to move forward on partnering with the district to create a joint space at Bench Elementary School.