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Lone Rock School looks to community input for enrollment and budget ideas

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STEVENSVILLE - The school is the hub for a community in many rural Montana towns. It is the building that holds band concerts, volleyball games and many other town events.

Lone Rock School administrators are reaching out to staff and active community members to brainstorm ideas on how to better many aspects of the school; specifically fluctuating enrollment and future budget issues.

Superintendent and Principal Scott Stiegler said in the last three-to-five years, the school has lost over 100 students; nearly a third of the school’s enrollment. The decrease means that Lone Rock is losing loses state funding.

Stiegler says there are ways to meet the needs of the student with a lower budget. Some of those ideas are moving money around from “pot to pot,” having a four-day-school week or looking levies and bonds for the district.

Through all of these discussions, administrators say the community’s input is crucial.

"We want to involve all our stake holders. We have our students, parents, staff, administrators, school board and our non-parent stake holders, as well. Everyone that is a tax payer in this community has a stake in what we do and we want everyone involved," Stiegler said.

A community meeting was held on Tuesday evening at Lone Rock School where parents and staff addressed safety concerns at the school. For example, the campus has no nurse and could be an issue in case of an emergency situation. 

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