Schools hear comment on bond

More than three hours of public comment dominated the first school board meeting to consider a bond proposal that would consolidate Helena’s elementary schools.

For the past few months, trustees have stood by as a work group faltered and superintendent Kent Kultgen unveiled a plan that would close or repurpose Bryant, Hawthorne and Jefferson schools.

Tuesday was the board’s first chance to discuss Kultgen’s latest recommendation, but the meeting offered little indication of where trustees stand.

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