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A southeastern Montana school district Wednesday announced a settlement of $9 million with victims of an athletic trainer who molested students over a period of three decades.

The $9 million settles a civil lawsuit filed by 32 victims of former Miles City high school athletic trainer James “Doc” Jensen. The money will come from the school district’s insurers rather than from tax dollars.

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Kalispell Public Schools will soon adopt a new mobile app allowing students to anonymously report tips about threats to a school, bullying and mental health issues to administrators and law enforcement.

Dennis Bane is a school resource officer at Flathead High School and with some help from students, he began testing incident reporting apps for the school district last year.

 

A report of a possible gun threat at Billings Senior High School Tuesday put the school on lockdown and drew a massive police response, which highlighted challenges in communication and resources.


Six years ago, Montana State University Extension tried to stop development of 4-H curriculum related to climate change. Now extension is part of a new weather and climate learning lab that was recently adopted by the National 4-H Council.

University of Montana's oval and Main Hall.
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The University of Montana has exceeded the $400 million goal of the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history. The seven-year initiative known as "Campaign Montana – Think Big. Be Bold" quietly launched over six years ago. By the time the campaign publicly launched a year ago, donors had already pledged $325 million.

This Saturday, athletes from Billings’ three public high schools will work together to raise money and awareness for a group of their fellow students.

The results of Montana’s statewide college-readiness test for high school juniors were released Friday. The overall test scores are identical to the previous year but down over the last four years.

Montana gives the ACT test to nearly all juniors as part of its federal accountability requirements.

In the wake of cyber attacks on public schools in Louisiana that led the governor there to declare a state of emergency last month, agency heads and elected officials in Montana are talking about how to keep student and staff information safe here.

With the classes for language, culture and younger children facing high demand, the Blackfeet Nation is looking to grow the reservation's Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar.
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The University of Montana’s president says UM continues to make steady, consistent progress in addressing its challenges.

When Seth Bodnar was hired to lead the University of Montana a year and a half ago, the school’s enrollment was declining, its budget deficit rising and overall morale in the tank.

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