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Superintendent Lacey Speaks About Levy Passing

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GREAT FALLS - It had been several years since the last levy had passed, but last night the streak ended and Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent Tammy Lacey is excited.

Lacey voiced a lot of "excitement! Of course we worked over the last five months to have a very transparent and open budget process so they can understand what we need to be able to have additional resources for."

After what Lacey described as a grueling process, two factors are what she felt made this possible. She said the community was key in "gaining kind of a sense of enthusiasm for public education, so I think knowledge and enthusiasm when you put those two things together you usually get positive outcomes."

Lacey says the levy money will go toward three areas, the first being "Student Achievement."  Lacey says that "we'll be hiring staff to really focus in on student achievement. More teachers to reduce class sizes, some math teachers specifically to provide instruction at both the elementary and high school levels, putting some resources to our gifted education program, and providing some music instruction."

The second is "Technology and Accountability" and Lacey said they will be "putting money toward technology infrastructure as building a new coding and programming program as a course of study as a new pathway."

The third is "Healthy, Safe, and Secure Schools."  Lacey says "we will be hiring some social workers, addiction counselors, and behavior specialists in order to address some of the needs that our students are demonstrating, and that the community wanted us to address."

And putting money into action for the 2014-15 school year began immediately as Lacey said "we started right away this morning in making plans on hiring the people we need to move forward and make these things happen. It will be very exciting to showcase this work to the community over the next year."
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