Eleven years ago, very few people cared about what Big Sky teens thought about their hometown needs and politics mainly because there were no teens. But since Lone Peak High School opened its doors in 2009, the teen population in the area has gone from nearly zero to well over 100.
At the emergency Big Sky School District #72 board meeting on July 30 there were no final decisions about fall, but one thing was made clear: The board would like school to be in person. “The community would like us to be back in person, and we would like to be back in person to some capacity,” said Board Chairman Loren Bough.
Every year there are rumors about new families with kids expected to move to Big Sky, and this year is no exception. Are there fifty? Twenty five? Ten? The real numbers won’t be known until (and if) we start school next fall. One thing is for sure, however.
Local Big Sky teens and college students are wearing their masks to protect others from Covid but say their fears are less of infection than for how this pandemic will impact their immediate and long-term future.
Carly Wilson is the Lone Peak Lookout’s Student Reporter. Born and raised in Big Sky, Carly will be a Junior at LPHS in the fall. The Lookout’s Student Reporter position is a Big Sky Youth Corps’ funded placement.