Class is back in session Sept. 5
By Renae Counter Explorebigsky.com Editorial Assistant

BIG SKY – Hot topics at the Aug. 14 Big Sky School Board meeting included changes to the upcoming 2012/13 school year curriculum, refinancing the school building bonds, increase in enrollment, sports, and building progress the new Warren Miller Performing Arts Center.

The school board is looking to refinance bonds on its buildings, which would consolidate the payments into one and save taxpayers approximately $300,000. The board passed a vote to have D.A. Davidson & Co. handle the bond refinancing.

Enrollment at the school is up this year, with 237 students for the 2012/13 school year. With a steady increase in enrollment, the board predicted that number will grow to 270 within the next two or three years.

Teachers have been hard at work this summer revamping curriculum on subjects such as English, American government and history, chemistry, art, and the new environmental science program, which the board is “very excited about.” Some new classes include Graphic Design, American History and Film.

Both volleyball and football are already underway. At the time of the meeting, the football team had 14 players with the anticipation of gaining two more. The volleyball team had 10 members and also anticipated gaining another two.

This year the school will have a Spirit Week and Homecoming Dance following the Homecoming Football game on Saturday, Oct. 6. The game will be at 1 p.m., Big Horns vs. Hot Springs.

Lastly, the board voted to resume construction on the new Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, which was halted in 2009.

The next school board meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. in the school library.