Havre School Board Discusses Ransomware Attack, Financial Audit

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night at Havre Middle School.

Superintendent Andy Carlson spoke on several election issues.

The board approved a call for an election for the Trustee positions currently held by Cindy Erickson, Tim Scheele and Curtis Smebe. Their terms are set to expire soon and will be up for election in May. All three have filed for re-election.

Carlson also said he is working on setting up a levy for funding for the high school. This would be the first levy for Havre High School funding on the ballot since 2016. Exact details of the levy are still being ironed out and will be an action item on the agenda for the next board meeting.

Carlson also gave an update on the ransomware attack that has hampered their computer systems. Carlson says as of Tuesday afternoon, all district computers are back to being operational.

Carlson strongly urges everyone to update their passwords and not to store them on their computer. He also asks anyone who receives an email from the district that they view as even slightly suspicious to either call the sender or the Robins Building to verify its authenticity before opening it.

Carlson adds that the 20 hard drives directly impacted by the attack are on their way to a forensics lab to be analyzed. He reiterated that no student or employee information is believed to have been compromised.

Carlson also went over changing enrollment numbers from the fall to spring semester. Both Highland Park Elementary and Havre Middle School have slightly increased enrollment, while enrollment at all other district schools has declined.

Jon Mahrt of Denning, Downey & Associates spoke to the board about the financial audit they are conducting. Mahrt said no major issues popped up and said Havre Public Schools will be receiving an ‘Unqualified’ rating, the highest rating possible.

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