This Elementary Bond Proposal takes a big step forward to address urgent facility needs in the Helena School District. It’s an exciting time for our community to create a legacy of quality schools for current and future generations of Helena students. If approved by the voters this June 18, 2015, the bond will impact every elementary school with improvements in safety, technology and educational adequacy reaching all 3,400 students in grades K-5.
The bond includes funds to pay the costs of designing, constructing, improving, renovating, equipping, and furnishing schools in accordance with the Helena School District Educational Facility Guidelines. These Guidelines were created to provide a consistent manner to evaluate current facilities, determine renovations or new construction. There are no facility standards for Montana schools. In establishing these guidelines for the Helena Public Schools, staff referred to Wyoming and Ohio state level standards, and Bozeman Public Schools design guidelines. In addition, work sessions were convened with all K-5 grade levels and administrators at Helena schools to refine specifications to meet the needs of the Helena educational system.
Helena’s Educational Facility Guidelines for Elementary Schools