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By Axon Parker
Three Forks Voice 

District ready to promote bond


January 29, 2020

The Three Forks School Board and administration are ready to promote the 2020 bond.

"It's time to get the conversation started," said Superintendent Jeff Elliott at the January school board meeting.

He shared copies of the brochure and explained some of the informative graphs which can now be seen on the school website, as can the brochure. The graphs show 2019-2020 mill levies by neighboring districts and Three Forks and where Three Forks currently stands in relation to the other schools, which include Manhattan, Belgrade, Willow Creek, Amsterdam, and Gallatin Gateway, among others. The graphs also show where Three Forks will be should the bond pass, representing the elementary and high school districts separately. Three Forks is currently on the low end for both high school and elementary - with the bond Three Forks would be at the top and middle respectively.

Elliott and school clerk Lisa Morgan have been looking at the total mills levied by the school in the last five years, and Elliott expressed their determination to bring the number of mills down. He said that the school has been milling a lot and that going forward, they are going to find ways to cut.

Morgan was pleased to share that the lunch program is now in the black. A donation of $1250 paid off all accounts. The general goal of the lunch program is to simply pay for itself, and they hope that a new buy-in program for food purchasing will help them maintain that goal.

W-2s, 1095-Cs and 1099s are completed and mailed. It is the first time that the 1095-Cs have been completed on time and board member Sheri Brown commended the administration for not only fixing a problem but bringing the standard up to best practices.

Morgan reminded the board that it is almost election season and that there will be three seats open. Forms are due by March 26th.

High School Principal Greg Heys reported on improvements in event and game management. Board member Joe Peterson brought up a couple of complaints about student movement which Heys says he will watch, and Brown said that she has heard positive feedback.

Elementary School Principal Steve Fanning said that they are discussing bullying this month with the Caring School Community Program, emphasizing that both parents and students need educated about the issue. Little Wolves Basketball is doing very well, he reported, due to good sponsors and awesome volunteer coaches. And while he is excited to be adding a 4th-grade classroom for the 2020-2021 school year, he says that he will be strongly advocating for another 5th-grade classroom as well.

The board voted to purchase both a new yellow route bus to replace a "lemon" bus, as well as one new portable with two classrooms. They hope to lease a second portable instead of purchase so as not to wipe out the building reserve fund.


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