With a Montana state budget that is ever-tightening, the School District 2 board will discuss another high school levy on the May ballot, after a similar levy failed last year. Q2 reports that last year’s levy got close to passing, but ultimately failed by less than one percent. Voters approved the K-through-8 levy.

SD2 Superintentdent Terry Bouck said last year’s failed levy did well in many areas, but needed support from those who live in areas with feeder schools, the lower-level schools that eventually supply high schools with students. The levy would likely fund many current programs, including additional counseling services, which Bouck said are crucial because Montana is ranked as one of the states most in need of mental-health programs for students.

The levy would likely cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $7 a year.