Jim Darcy Elementary School

jim darcyThis Elementary Bond Proposal takes a big step forward to address urgent facility needs in the Helena School District. It’s an exciting time for our community to create a legacy of quality schools for current and future generations of Helena students. If approved by the voters this June 18, 2015, the $70 Million bond will impact every elementary school with improvements in safety, technology and educational adequacy reaching all 3,400 students in grades K-5.

How do elementary students benefit from the bond?
  • Improves all elementary facilities reaching 3400 students
  • Provides safer learning environments in all elementary schools
  • Updates technology at all elementary schools to improve learning opportunities for every student.
  • Keeps kids in a school closer to home and reduces time on the bus.
What does the Bond do in each elementary school?
  • Constructs, improves or renovates every elementary school.
  • Provides security and technology upgrades at all elementary facilities.
  • Upgrades outdated communication systems in all elementary schools and 2 middle schools.
How were the project costs determined?

The bond includes funds to pay the costs of designing, constructing, improving, renovating, equipping, and furnishing schools in accordance with the Helena School District Educational Facility Guidelines.

What is happening at Jim Darcy Elementary School


  • Construct 60,000 square feet replacement K-5 school on existing Jim Darcy site
  • Includes all site improvements (playground, parking, fields, landscape, student loading, bus loading, etc.)
  • Includes access control and video monitoring


  • Building Capacity – 500 Students
  • Planned Student Enrollment – 460+ Students


  • Connections are in place for waste water and fire suppression
  • Project will require water treatment for existing well


  • Proposed purchase of up to 3.0 additional acres adjacent to site,
  • Anticipate 1.3 acres of county owned parkland to be aggregated to existing site


  • Existing school demolished at end of project
  • Modular/stand-alone structures reused or sold

Estimated Project Cost: $17,900,000

Estimated Completion Date: September 2018