Posted: Apr 30, 2013 6:00 PM by Katy Harris - MTN News
A tiny public school in Beaverhead County will keep its doors open.
Polaris School in Polaris Montana, southeast of Wisdom, has received up to $64,000 to stay open for another guaranteed 3 years.
The schoolhouse student enrollment has decreased to under 10 students the last two consecutive years.
Because of that decrease, the Beaverhead County School District submitted an application for isolation status that lists factors of why the school is needed in the community.
The Montana Office of Public Instruction has approved the application and a revised budget to give funding to the school to keep operating.
"Having that money restored is a good way to keep the school open," said Linda Marsh, Beaverhead County Superintendent of Schools. " And for the families that live out there it would be quite a hardship for them to have to transport their students either to the Jackson School or to have to drive them down to the highway to be picked up by the Beaverhead County School bus to bring them into Dillon."
In 3 years the Beaverhead County School District will have to reapply for isolation status if enrollment continues to be under 10 students for two consecutive years.
Polaris school has been operating since 1892.