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Group hikes are a highlight of Lone Peak High School’s back to school Expedition. This year the Freshman class climbed their way up to Garnet Cabin, a former Forest Service fire lookout with views of the Gallatin Canyon, including Lava Lake. Left to right: Carly Wilson, Samantha Suazo, Luke Kitchmayr, John Chadwell, Nate McClain.

Notes from the board

New faculty introductions were in order before getting down to business at the Big Sky School District Board of Directors regular meeting on the afternoon of Sept. 11. The new faces hailed from Connecticut, Miami, Las Vegas and beyond.

School board update

With just a few weeks of summer left before classes commence, Big Sky School District Superintendent Dustin Shipman was pleased to tell the BSSD Board of Directors on Aug. 3 that all the hiring had been completed and the district was fully staffed. 

This newly installed sign on the popular Mountain to Meadow bike trail seems to be working. It’s there to remind users to stay on designated trails and off private land. As the trail, and others like it in Big Sky, get used more frequently, the BSCO wants to remind bikers the trail would not be in place without the permission of private landowners—so it’s a respect it or lose it situation. On a busy day, more than 100 bikers have been counted on the trail.

Parks and rec, Big Sky style

Following a fully funded resort tax application, the July 4 road run and annual gala, the Big Sky Community Organization’s board of directors met July 19 to go over old and new business, including the possibility of a bike pump track at Community Park. 

Here are highlights from the recent discussion. 

A report from the chief

The monthly Big Sky Fire Department board of directors meeting began with a few video clips. The first was the department’s firefighters demonstrating for a group of Eagle Mount kids how to gear up. The goal is to have all the gear on, including the final piece—gloves—in a minute. In Chief Bill Farhat’s opinion, they did well.

Jennifer Mohler with the Gallatin Invasive Species Alliance explains why the resort tax board should seed continued work fighting unwelcome weeds in Big Sky.

Resort tax funding

Jamie Kabisch, chair of the Big Sky Resort Area District Tax Board, described the annual allocation of resort tax revenue as, “One of  the most fun processes for our community that happens every year.” 

PHOTO COURTESY OF BIG SKY SCHOOL DISTRICT

School Board News

A day away from graduation and looking forward to the start of summer on June 8, the Big Sky School District Board of Directors held its monthly meeting on June 1 at Ophir Elementary. With the school year nearly behind them, the board was already discussing the next one to come.

Capital questions

It’s resort tax allocation time and the five-member Big Sky Resort Area District Board is reading through a stack of applications from local groups, nonprofits and public officials looking to fund future projects and operations through the rest of the year and beyond. 

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