The Lockwood Community Education Committee, an advocacy group supporting a new high school, held a kickoff event at ACE Hardware in Lockwood on Saturday, distributing yard signs and giving their pitch for why their K-8 school district should expand to include a high school. Lockwood students currently attend high school in School District 2.  The Gazette reports that a smaller-school atmosphere is a selling point for new district supporters, compared to Billings’ three high schools with 1,500 students or more.

Chad Hansen, who heads the education committee, said he thinks School District 2 does a good job, but they have 17,000 kids.  Lockwood kids are his only priority.  Elementary-only school districts in Montana weren’t allowed to create a high school until a new law passed this spring, letting elementary districts with more than 1,000 students vote to break away.