- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A measure to let some elementary school districts expand into K-12 districts has likely died in the Montana Legislature.

Members of the House of Representatives voted 54-46 against removing Senate Bill 107 from the House Education Committee, where it was tabled on Wednesday.

The proposal would have allowed residents of elementary school districts with at least 1,000 students to vote on creating a high school district. The bill would have affected elementary districts in the Hellgate area of Missoula, Lockwood near Billings and East Helena.

Opponents said the proposal would have unfairly affected the school districts whose residents would not get to vote on whether to downsize their schools.

Supporters said it would have kept students from having to travel sometimes-unsafe distances to attend high school.

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