Smith Elementary School

smith schoolThis 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  • Upgrades outdated communication systems in all elementary schools and 2 middle schools.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 Smith Elementary School

New Construction and Renovation:

  • Construct 45,000 square feet replacement K-5 school on existing Smith site
  • Renovate the existing gymnasium
  • Includes all site improvements (playground, parking, fields, landscape, student loading, bus loading, etc.)
  • This project includes access control and video monitoring


  • Building Capacity – 400 Students
  • Projected Student Enrollment – 350+ Students


  • Site has municipal water, wastewater and fire suppression connections


  • Existing pods and related hallway connections demolished at end of project

Estimated Project Cost: $14,000,000

Estimated Completion Date: September 2018