's only August, but the first day of school is less than a month away.

Communications Director for Missoula School District One, Hatton Littman, said the first day of classes will be Wednesday, August 26.

"For our youngest students, it's important that you check our school supply list which is available on your school website, as well as the MCPS website," said Littman. "You also need to make sure your student is up to date on their immunizations. They must be up to date in order to register for school, but if they're already in school, they'll probably be getting a note from our district nursing services indicating that they need to get something updated."

Littman also addressed the issues of school buses and meals.

"Everything to do with buses and bus schedules is on our website, or if they don't have access to the internet, get in touch with our district superintendent's office at 728-2400 and we'll be able to get you all the information you need," she said. "As far as school lunches go, we have had some price changes that are all documented in the school handbook, and it will also be on our school's website."

Littman said some school choice is available within the Missoula district.

"It's always possible to request an out-of-area enrollment," she said. "Traditionally, that's done for our high schools, and the process for making that request simply filling out the form, submitting it to the school you're interested in attending, and tey'll have to see if there is space available."

Littman said the district had an enrollment of well over 8,000 in the 2014-2015 school year, but more are expected in this new school year.

"We finished the school year with just a little over 8,600 students, and we're anticipating as many as 150 more students this school year," she said.

Increased enrollment and old, out-of-date school buildings are just two of the many reasons why the district will place two school bond issues before voters in November for a total of $158 million.

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