Really? Time and money to drive the child to Jefferson? We in Miles City like to complain about the most ridiculous things. It is simple math, as someone pointed out above. Jefferson has three Kindergarten classes, Garfield has one. With this situation, of course children who do not live in the Jefferson School district will have to attend Kindergarten there.
There is absolutely no place in Miles City's city limits that is a "waste" of gas and time. That extra two minutes each way is really small potatoes in the course of a day of 1,440 minutes. If you are having trouble budgeting those two minutes in your day, a time management course may be in order. I'm sure finding those two minutes for things you WANT to do is not a problem. Only the people who truly micromanage their gas usage may complain about the waste of gas for that big, long trip to Jefferson. That would be those people who walk the majority of their day to limit consumption. Anyone who manages to drive out to Haynes for their fast food, or to the store for cigs or beer, or to the casino, has no business complaining about the cents it costs to drive their kids to Jefferson.
It also has nothing to do with "oil field crap". If you would please remember, there used to be two classes of Kindergarten students educated at Garfield, when it was possible to have both a morning and afternoon Kindergarten class. Now that Kindergarten is considered a full day, this is no longer an option. Why does Jefferson have three classes, you ask? It had the most available classroom space when additional space was required. End of story.