School Facility Press Archive

Posted on December 16, 2015

School district launches online school facilities survey

Nearly 300 members of the public and staff spoke up about Helena Public Schools facilities at a series of eight listening sessions held in November and December.  Missed the meetings?  It’s not too late to weigh in.

There’s an online survey on the Helena schools website: The deadline is Dec. 31.   Read more at the IR here.

Posted on December 7, 2015

Second round of Helena Public Schools listening sessions is this week

A second round of three Helena Public Schools community listening sessions kicks off Monday night, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym, 1600 8th Ave. Check-in and refreshments are at 5:30 p.m.  Read more at the Helena IR here.

Posted on May 27, 2015

This is how the $70 million in the elementary school bond will be spent if the bond passes

The voters of Helena will decide in June whether or not to pass the proposed $70 million bond to fund renovations and construction in Helena’s elementary schools.

Read more at the Helena IR.

Read the bond language.

Posted on April 17, 2015

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.

Read more here

Posted on February 19, 2015

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.


Read more at the Helena IR here.

Posted on February 19, 2015

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.


Read more at the Helena IR. 

Posted on February 18, 2015

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. 

Posted on February 18, 2015

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.

Read more at the Helena IR.  

Posted on February 4, 2015

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.

Posted on January 28, 2015

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.