CLOSETS FOR CLASSROOMS Community members tour schools in need of renovation

Around a dozen people stepped onto a magic school bus of sorts Tuesday, but instead of traveling to the ocean floor or inside the human body, they toured the “underside” of Helena’s aging schools.

The tour of Bryant, Hawthorne, Kessler Elementary and Helena Middle School was the first of a pair of visits offered this week by the Helena School District as it nears a decision on which construction projects to be included in a K-8 bond proposal.

Riders saw closets that have been converted into classrooms, walked up a ramp to nowhere, navigated mazelike basements and heard stories from principals about day-to-day challenges of working in buildings that were designed two generations ago.

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