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Lockwood high school supporters excited about election

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Ballots went out last week for Lockwood voters to consider starting the process for the possibility of building a high school.

The first step is to expand from a K-8 to a K-12 district.

The official ballot asks if voters want to authorize the Board of Trustees to propose additional propositions related to transferring to an expanded K-12 district and educating high school students.

“There's a ton of excitement,” said Chad Hanson, chair of the Lockwood Community Education Committee. “Because we haven't had this opportunity for over 20 years and now we are really excited to have the opportunity and voice our opinion."

A potential high school in Lockwood would be a Class A size with about 500 students.

The opportunity comes from Senate Bill 139  passed in the last legislative session.

Supporters have been campaigning door-to-door for about a month.

"I think the high school and the expansion sells itself, I honestly do,” said Hanson. “But we're just trying to educate our neighbors about the initiative, what’s going on.

If the proposition passes to expand to school district, the community will have input on preliminary architecture and engineering plans.

The board would ask voters within two years to consider a general obligation bond issue to pay for a new school.

Mail-in ballots need to be turned in to the Yellowstone County Elections Office by Nov. 7.

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