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Twin Bridges School Board meets for November

Twin Bridges School Board met on Nov. 12 to discuss health insurance and upcoming field trips. Past agenda items including solar panels and the drainage system were revisited. 

Representatives from Montana Unified School Trust (MUST) attended the meeting and different health insurance possibilities were discussed. Possibilities to save money and provide good benefits for employees were part of the conversation.

An 8th grade science and high school physics field trip was discussed, as the Board must approve out of state or out of country field trips for the District. These classes will be attending Silverwood Park Physics and Science Days in northern Idaho to have a new educational setting and compete in engineering and measurement competitions. “They get to use the park’s rides and attractions and they get to test the principals of physics and science,” Superintendent Thad Kaiser said. 

Another student-focused topic included eleven students who traveled to Bozeman to attend the Montana High School Association (MHSA) workshop focused on providing students with skills to excel in team-related events, like speech, drama, debate and sports. This was sponsored by the Montana Army National Guard.

The discussion concerning the addition of new solar panels was continued from October’s meeting. It was determined the District was not eligible for the grant that would provide 80% coverage due to already existing solar panels. The storm water drainage conversation from last month was revisited as well. The District’s involvement in the project has been completed, and the rest of the process is up to the city to complete the gutters and drainage components. Once finished, grant work may begin. The city projects a start date for this project in May, Superintendent Kaiser said.

New hires included coaches, substitute teachers and a new trustee, Alexis Sandru, was appointed.

Next month, projected agenda items include the middle school presenting Project Lead the Way to the Board, seniors proposing a senior trip idea, the hiring of more coaches for the upcoming season and the consideration of increasing pay for special event bus drivers.

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