Committee works to narrow options for Bozeman High expansion


BOZEMAN, Mont. - A committee charged with recommending a plan for the future of Bozeman High School is shifting its timeline.

With the school nearing capacity, an advisory committee is still trying to figure out the best way to deal with the growth.

The group was supposed to have announced a recommendation already, but that's now set for May 9. They have narrowed down their options to two scenarios. The first is to split the Bozeman High School into two comprehensive schools, while the second would be a change in the configuration of class levels offered at every school in the district.

District officials say they're hoping to have the bond ready for the May 2017 election.

The deputy superintendent said not sharing a ballot with the Law and Justice Center bond or the presidential election could prove to be beneficial.

"If you get too many big issues on one ballot, it gets kind of difficult for people to really understand everything that's going on and what's being asked of them," said Deputy Superintendent Steve Johnson.

A community listening event is set for April 25 in the south cafeteria of the high school for anyone seeking more information.

The current high school is has 2,000 students and is expected to reach capacity of 2,400 students by 2020.