Top stories of 2014: 1. Ongoing school consolidation effort

The saga of revamping Helena’s public schools spans years of new ideas, flip-flopping proposals and community pushback — and 2014 was no different.

Heading into 2015, district officials are proposing a vision they think can overhaul the facility disrepair and student displacement in Helena’s schools. It comes after a canceled 2014 bond.

In a November 2013 Independent Record story, Helena Public Schools Superintendent Kent Kultgen said the district doesn’t have enough information to justify closing a school.

“Let’s quit talking about closing a school,” he said. “Let’s keep that off the table.”

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