Originally published in the Yellowstone County News – by Evelyn Pyburn
LOCKWOOD — At their meeting last week, the Lockwood School Board filled two vacant positions on their board with the appointments of Sylvia Noble and Joe Borgstrom, who previously filled the positions. Noble and Borgstrom were the only candidates to apply for the positions. They will both have to run for election next year.
The board also went through its annual reorganization, which includes election of officers. Tim Sather was re-elected chairman and Kat Luhman was re-elected vice-chair.
Board members expressed their disappointment about the failure of their request for a mill levy increase. Lockwood voters opposed the levy by a very narrow margin, 891 to 878. The district sought a 11.1 mill increase, which would have generated $268,080.
The board plans to make the tight budget work for the 2017-18 school year, in part, by not replacing some of resigning and retiring teachers. Instead, staff will be shifted around and reassigned, although they may need to hire to fill a couple of positions.
Rather than hire a new elementary principal to replace retiring Principal Mike Bowman, former assistant principal… Read full story in Yellowstone County News print edition or subscribe online here.