The Board of Trustees approved an Elementary Bond Proposal

The Board of Trustees approved an Elementary Bond Proposal, taking a big step forward to address urgent facility needs. The bond, if approved by the voters this June 2015, will drastically improve all 11 elementary schools and provide enhancements in safety, technology and educational adequacy for all 3,400 students in grades K-5. This is an exciting time for our community to create a legacy of quality schools for current and future generations of Helena students.

Helena chamber endorses school district’s facility bond

The Helena Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week it has endorsed the Helena school district’s facility bond set to go before voters in June.

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School bond wouldn’t cut operational costs as hoped

The elementary bond election approved by the Helena School Board of Trustees Wednesday night could solve problems with aging infrastructure and student displacement, but would not save operational expenses that could be reinvested in educational resources as hoped.

“It won’t be until later bonds that we can really start reaping the resources that we would like to see, but that’s another discussion down the road,” Superintendent Kent Kulgen said.


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School board votes 5-2 to hold bond election in June

The Helena School Board of Trustees voted 5-2 Wednesday night to hold a bond election in June.

The bond will include funding to renovate and upgrade Central school, plus changes to the 10 other elementary schools at a total cost of around $70 million.


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School board to discuss bond

Details of a possible elementary school bond is the planned topic of a Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Ray Bjork Learning Center.

The full board will be hearing two proposals developed by the three-member Facility Committee that has been meeting since September.

Both proposals will only be for elementary schools during the first bond election, with a plan for future bonds to build two new high schools and remodel the middle schools.

Read more at the Helena IR here. 

Funds tight for potential third phase of school vision

A capped bonding capacity puts Helena Public Schools on a tight budget to fulfill the potential third phase of its vision for Helena’s school facilities.

Elementary and middle schools in Helena are grouped in one district with a total current bonding capacity of $75 million. Helena’s two high schools are encompassed by a different district, with a bonding capacity of roughly $110 million.

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All affected voters should have say on new high schools

IR Editorial

In our democratic society, it’s only fair to let voters make decisions on important issues such as whether to create a new school district. But all affected voters deserve to have a say.

During the current legislative session, school officials from across Montana have debated a bill that would allow some of the state’s elementary school districts to vote on whether to create a new high school district and build and operate a new high school.

Read more here  at the Helena IR.

Helena High School District provides great education


The Montana Legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 107, which has the potential to profoundly alter high school education for 3,000 students attending Helena High School and Capital High School, as well as greatly impact taxpayers’ pocketbooks.

Publicized as local control, SB107 sets the stage for certain K-8 school districts to expand to K-12 districts by creating a new high school. In addition to East Helena, Lockwood near Billings and Hellgate near Missoula qualify under the terms of the bill.

Helena Public Schools is currently composed of a K-8 elementary district and a grades 9-12 high school district. The Helena High School District provides an excellent education to all students from Helena, East Helena, Wolf Creek and Canyon Creek. SB107 would provide the East Helena community the ability to vote on whether or not to build their own high school projected at about 500 students.

The following provides details about the complexity of SB107 and why it doesn’t guarantee additional benefits to students.

Read full article at Helena IR. 

Preservationists suggest alternate funds to restore Central School

Possible uses for historic Central School and costs for its renovation have served as roadblocks to Helena school facility solutions for years.

Central School has sat empty since March 2013, when it was closed suddenly after a report showed seismic inadequacies in the event of an earthquake.

Proponents of historical renovation have approached school officials and suggested alternative options for funding a seismic retrofit, such as state loan and grant programs that would not require voter approval.


Read more here at the Helena IR.

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