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Billings Public Schools, Montana

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Billings Public Schools
Billings, Montana
Billings Public Schools seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Terry Nelsen Bouck
Graduation rate:82.5%[1]
Number of schools:29
Budget: $142.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Allen J. Halter
Board members:9
Term length:3
Billings Public Schools is a school district in Montana that served 16,328 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] This district is the largest school district in Montana with an operating budget of $142.6 million for the 2013-2014 school year.[3]

About the district

Billings Public Schools is located in Yellowstone County, Montana
Billings Public Schools is located in Yellowstone County, Montana. The county seat of Yellowstone County is Billings. Billings is home to 104,167 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Billings is the largest school district in Montana, serving 16,328 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[5]


Billings outperformed in comparison to the rest of Montana in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 30.6 percent of Billings residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 28.5 percent for Montana as a whole. The median household income in Billings was $48,074 compared to $45,456 for the state of Montana. The poverty rate in Billings was 13.1 percent compared to 14.8 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Billings (%) Montana (%)
White 89.6 89.4
Black or African American 0.8 0.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 4.4 6.3
Asian 0.7 0.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.9 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.2 2.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Yellowstone County[6]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 26,403 40,500
2008 32,038 36,483
2004 24,120 40,903
2000 20,370 33,922

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


Terry Nelsen Bouck is the superintendent of Billings Public Schools. He has served in this role since July 2012. Prior to serving in this role, Bouck served as a classroom teacher and assistant superintendent in Tacoma Public Schools. He also served as superintendent of Peninsula School District. Bouck earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Central Washington University and his superintendent's certificate from Seattle Pacific University.[8]

School board

The Billings Board of Trustees is composed of nine members serving three-year terms.[9]

Billings Board of Trustees
Member District Term Ends
Tanya Ludwig 1 2017
Janna Hafer 2 2017
Greta Besch Moen 3 2016
Joseph Raffiani 4 2015
Rob Rogers 5 2015
Allen Halter 6 2015
Kevin Toohill 7 2016
Teresa Stroebe High School District A 2015
Susan Layton High School District B 2017

School board elections

See also: Billings Public Schools elections (2015)

Members of the Billings Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms. Three seats were up for election in 2014, and four seats will be up for election in 2015.[10]


The table below displays the budget for Billings Public Schools.[3][11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2008-2009 $89,681,880 78.3% $10,170,597 8.9% $4,728,334 4.1% $0 0% $9,947,089 8.7% $114,527,900
2009-2010 $102,000,861 86.3% $10,427,433 8.8% $3,685,061 3.1% $0 0% $2,019,318 1.7% $118,132,673
2010-2011 $106,622,179 84% $12,560,850 9.9% $4,603,053 3.6% $0 0% $3,199,688 2.5% $126,985,770
2013-2014 $110,192,445 77.3% $6,607,316 4.6% $482,841 0.3% $2,816,322 2% $22,493,117 15.8% $142,592,041
Averages: $102,124,341.25 81% $9,941,549 8% $3,374,822.25 3% $704,080.5 1% $9,414,803 7% $125,559,596

Teacher salaries

Billings Public Schools employed 1,920 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[2] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Billings Education Association for 2013-2014:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 35,391 48,967
B.A. + 15 36,640 51,084
B.A. + 30 37,826 54,266
Master's/BA + 60 40,443 59,928
MA + 15/BA + 75 41,888 62,273
MA + 30/BA + 90 43,411 66,402
MA + 45/BA + 105 44,857 68,824

Schools in Billings Public Schools


Billings Public Schools served 16,328 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Billings Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Billings Public Schools operates 29 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Billings Public Schools
School Name
Alkali Creek Elementary
Arrowhead Elementary
Beartooth Elementary
Bench Elementary
Big Sky Elementary
Bitterroot Elementary
Boulder Elementary
Broadwater Elementary
Burlington Elementary
Career Center High
Castle Rock Middle
Central Heights Elementary
Eagle Cliffs Elementary
Highland Elementary
Lewis & Clark Middle
McKinley Elementary
Meadowlark Elementary
Miles Avenue Elementary
Newman Elementary
Orchard Elementary
Poly Drive Elementary
Ponderosa Elementary
Riverside Middle
Rose Park Elementary
Sandstone Elementary
Senior High
Skyview High
Washington Elementary
West High
Will James Middle

Academic performance

Montana holds annual measurable objectives in reading and math. The latest available data is from the 2012-2013 school year. The percent of Billings Public Schools students demonstrating proficiency in reading and math continued to exceed the annual proficiency goals set by the state. The district's high school completion rate was 82.5 percent in 2013. All schools met the required participation rate.[14]

Billings Public Schools Proficiency 2012-2013
Subject Total % Proficient  % Below Basic  % Basic  % Proficient  % Advanced
Elementary Reading 83 46 37 11 6
Elementary Math 65 29 36 19 16
High School Reading 80 46 34 10 10
High School Math 54 23 31 34 12

Contact information

Billings Public Schools seal.jpg
Billings Public Schools
415 N 30th Street
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 281-5066

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