Possible plan includes modular classrooms on Central campus for eight to ten years

For one potential solution to get displaced Central School students back to their neighborhood school, Superintendent Kent Kultgen is proposing building modular classrooms to house students for eight to 10 years.

Students in the Central Elementary School boundary have been attending the Lincoln campus since March 2013 when Central was closed after a report revealed the building had inadequate structural integrity.

In early December, the Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees Facility Committee rolled out a long-range facility vision that aims to solve overflow and building degradation issues facing Helena schools. Part of that vision calls for renovating Helena Middle School into an elementary school that would serve students consolidated from nearby elementary campuses.

According to the vision, a renovated HMS would not be ready for elementary students for eight to ten years. At its December meeting, the school board tasked Kultgen to develop scenarios that would eventually meet the vision.

One of those scenarios is to build multiple modular classrooms that would house the entire Central student population until Helena Middle School is renovated and ready for students, Kultgen said.

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