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Polson School Board adds new bus route

POLSON – Student safety was at the forefront of the Polson School Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 12. The board approved a bus route addition during the meeting. Transportation Services Director Mike Anderson proposed the addition due to an overcrowding issue on school bus routes 15 and 8.

The new route will service the Cherry Hills and Hillcrest Drive area. There will be approximately 40 to 50 students on the new bus route. 

In other news, Superintendent Rex Weltz explained to the school board members that the district will be implementing background checks through the Montana State Department of Criminal Justice on all school volunteers. “It’s something I feel strongly about,” Weltz said. “We will predominantly screen people who could potentially be left alone with children. We don’t want to let just anybody come into our schools.”

Weltz also updated the board about the damage to the Linderman gym from last winter’s storm. The engineers and insurance adjusters have yet to present the district with a unified report concerning the safety of the building and the extent of the damage. “Our City Code Office is needing data to approve re-entry,” said Weltz. 

The board approved new district suspension and expulsion procedures and the facilities use agreement. 

The Polson High School band and choir were also given permission to travel outside the district. In April, the band and choir will travel and compete in the Winter Park Ski Music Festival in Colorado. In the past, the band has competed in the festival and won Grand Champion, Best in Class and Outstanding Band.

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