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Tax Breakdown for Schools

For property owners in Elder Grove District currently:

  • 39% goes to the local Districts (Elder Grove Elementary and Billings High School),
  • 10% goes to the County for School Retirement and Transportation,
  • 20% goes to the State for University, Vo-Tech Schools and School Equalization,
  • 30% goes to Yellowstone County, and
  • 1% goes to Big Sky Economic Development.

Looking at your 39% allocation for Elder Grove School and Billings High School about 67 % goes to Elder Grove and 33 % Billings HS (this is based on mill allocation, which mills total 199.73 – broken down 133.1 Elder Grove and 66.63 Billings HS. So really only 26.13% is going to Elder Grove School. Elder Grove School is operating at 80% of its maximum budget whereas Billings Elementary School district is operating at 97% of its maximum budget. What this means is...

Staffing a New Middle School

Voters: I have been asked about staffing a new middle school if the voters approve bonding for that school.  I have been asked: “Will we be able to staff the new middle school without having to ask for more money?”  This information is provided for the benefit of all the voters.

  • Under Montana law, Elder Grove School receives from the State 80 % of $5,348 per kindergarten through sixth grader and $6,847 for seventh and eighth graders.  The more students enrolled the more budget authority the district has.
  • 80% of the maximum amount is $4,278 per k-6 and $5,477 for 7th & 8th grade.
  • Staffing will be paid for in large part by funding for increased enrollment.
  • A voted levy will allow the district to get more money per student that is enrolled.
  • A voted levy will allow more budget authority to the General Fund which pays for salaries or additional resources.
  • We will be able to staff the middle school without a levy. However the board may decide for a levy for additional resources for our kindergarten through 8th grade.

This information is provided by the District to inform voters about the pending school bond election.  For more information contact Justin Klebe, Superintendent, at 656-2893 ext 200

Bond Election Date

Voters: I have been asked about the timing of the current bond election.  Ballots will be mailed to voters in the District on November 22nd and the ballots must be returned on or before December 12th.  

There are a few reasons why Elder Grove’s Board of Trustees chose to run a mail ballot election rather than an on-site election. Below are the main reasons the Board decided to run a mail ballot election.      

  • The November 22nd date gave the Board more time for community involvement in this important issue.  The Facility Planning Committee felt that the community forum would be better attended if it was after school started, instead of during the summer.  The Board did not want to consider the resolution calling for the election until after this Committee got feedback from the community.


What is Elder Grove running for in the mail ballot election?


The Elder Grove School Board is asking voters to approve  a $14.95 million bond to build a new middle school close to our current campus.  The Board’s reasons for asking the voters for this bonding authority was discussed at great length in public meetings and records of those meetings are available in the District’s main office.

The following is provided by the District to voters in an effort to inform and not advocate:

• The Board engaged a Facility Planning Committee to study the community’s goals (through community surveys and the spring and fall community forum) and Elder Grove School enrollment projections for the next 10 years.  That committee found that building a new middle school at Elder Grove was the most cost effective option available to the District.  The 10 year enrollment projection is 1,000 kids. Our current enrollment is 604 students.  The projected enrollment would overfill our current facilities.  The Billings and Laurel Districts are unable to accept all of our 7th and 8th grade kids.

• A new middle school would allow K-5 to have 4 classes each.  Our current enrollment requires 4 classes for kindergarten and 1st grade.

• A new middle school would permit fewer students to be in each class.

• A new middle school would permit the District sufficient room to start a preschool.

• A new middle school on our campus would be a student safety measure and would permit more students to be educated at Elder Grove School.

• A new middle school would give our middle school students more academic and extracurricular opportunities.  

• A new middle school would give the District more flexibility in schedule planning including fewer lunch periods.

When Is the Election for the Bond

This is a mail ballot election, there will be no voting poll at the school. You must be registered to vote no later than November 13th. Ballots will be mailed out on Wednesday, November 22nd and your ballot will need to be in Yellowstone County Election Office by December 12th.

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