The Bozeman School Board will meet tonight to review last school year's progress and discuss the coming year's goals and $70 million budget.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. in the Willson School board room.

Trustees are expected to discuss the budget, though they won't take a final vote until their Aug. 15 meeting.

The preliminary budget calls for spending $36.7 million on the general fund, teaching an additional 143 students, giving employees a 2.1 percent increase in pay and benefits, eliminating the equivalent of six jobs, mainly counselors, and hiring four instructional coaches. Taxpayers should see a slight decrease in local school taxes; final numbers will be out in August.

Also on the agenda is a vote to triple the deductibles for employees on the district's health insurance plan. Individual employees and retirees will be able to choose from deductibles of $1,500, $2,500 or $5,000; family deductibles will be twice as much. The board will also vote on spending $121,000 in federal funds on bike racks and sidewalk repairs to encourage students to walk or bike to school.

The board is being asked to support the One Book One Bozeman book for 2011, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place," and make the book available to students. Because of adult language, parents of high school students would be able to sign a form to "opt out" of using it and middle school parents could "opt in."

The complete agenda is on the school website,, by clicking on district, trustees and agendas.