Bozeman News

Nov 11, 2011 11:02 AM by Adam Bell

Is a new high school in the cards in Bozeman?

The Bozeman School District hopes to add a new elementary school in the next few years, but what about a high school expansion?

Claire Chndler and Ben Stark are seniors at Bozeman High School. They are two of the 1,800 students and they're concerned about their class size and its impact on their education. While the elementary school district will soon be expanding, Bozeman High will remain the only high school in the district for the next several years.

"It's a lot harder to get the help that you need when there's 10 other kids that have their hand raised and also looking for the same help that you need," Stark said.

"Again, projected around the year 2020, could be on the minds of our community, that's when we would be looking at," Bozeman Schools Superintendent Kirk Miller said.

While a second high school and smaller class sizes may not be in the near future, for Claire and Ben, they feel that this district is doing what it can, given that it is one of the few in Montana that is growing, despite the economic downturn.

"The teachers are friendly. Students are normally friendly with each other and we have a good system here, people want to come to go here," Stark said.

"When I go to a bigger school, like college, I think it will help me to get accepted to college, just based on where I'm going to school," Chndler said.

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