Posted on September 19, 2014

Committee postpones application to demolish Central School

The Helena Public Schools Facility Committee decided at its meeting Friday morning to delay the application to demolish Central Elementary School and Seventh Avenue Gym.

The application for demolition, which was the original reason to cancel the district’s bond proposal and has been a source of controversy among preservationists, was restricting the school board’s ability to move forward, the committee decided.

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Posted on June 29, 2014

Elementary bond proposal is best way forward for school district

Helena IR Your Turn, by the Helena Board of Trustees

After years of community conversations and district analysis, the Helena School Board took an important first step this week in the long process of tackling pressing facility needs in our elementary schools. We trustees voted unanimously to present an elementary bond to voters this fall. If the bond passes, 41 percent of our K-5 students will learn in new or remodeled schools at Jim Darcy, Central and Warren by 2016. In addition, every K-8 student will have access to adequate technology by fall 2015.

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Posted on June 27, 2014

School board approves bond proposal


newspaper with bond headingFor weeks, months and years, Helena school board trustees have said that, come hell or high water, they would put forward a bond proposal that addresses at least some of the problems facing the community’s aging schools.

A proposal came Wednesday — finally, and unanimously — and so did the hell and high water.

After a meeting in which trustees were accused by some residents of shunning years of public input, fracturing the community and engaging in woeful ignorance and deceit, they voted 7-0 to call for a bond election by mail ballot on Oct. 7.

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Posted on June 24, 2014

Helena school trustees will meet Wednesday to discuss $48M bond proposal

The Helena School Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday to discuss a new $48 million elementary bond proposal.

Superintendent Kult Kultgen said, “It’s a bond that addresses our issues. It’s small enough that we can address the issue but do a huge, huge step forward in the educational adequacy for our students. “

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Posted on June 23, 2014

School Board Could Vote on Bond This Week

A bond election for the Helena School District could be called as early as Wednesday  when trustees hold another meeting to discuss and possibly vote on projects to be include in an elementary bond proposal.

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Posted on June 5, 2014

Helena School Board trustees discuss future needs

A contentious issue gets more complex with each meeting — that’s what Helena School Board Trustees are learning as they consider a bond issue for the elementary school district.

Trustee Aidan Myhre told attendees on Wednesday at the Ray Bjork Learning Center: “There is no perfect plan, there never will be.”

The meeting started off with a cursory overview of the district’s middle school needs.

Trustees were told that both Helena Middle School and CR Anderson require potentially extensive and expensive renovation work.

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Posted on June 4, 2014

School board plans incremental approach to bonds

A bond plan began to take shape Wednesday as Helena School Board trustees signaled that they will seek an incremental approach, beginning with a smaller proposal that addresses what they consider the most urgent needs in the district’s elementary and middle schools.


Posted on May 29, 2014

Trustees reach consensus on middle school overcrowding


Helena school board trustees found some consensus Wednesday during the second of what will be weekly meetings to agree upon a K-8 bond proposal, but agreement wasn’t on neighborhood elementary schools.  Instead, trustees took up the issue of middle school overcrowding, which has been identified in planning reports as a chief problem and named as one reason to consolidate elementary schools.

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Posted on May 21, 2014

Schools hear comment on bond

More than three hours of public comment dominated the first school board meeting to consider a bond proposal that would consolidate Helena’s elementary schools.

For the past few months, trustees have stood by as a work group faltered and superintendent Kent Kultgen unveiled a plan that would close or repurpose Bryant, Hawthorne and Jefferson schools.

Tuesday was the board’s first chance to discuss Kultgen’s latest recommendation, but the meeting offered little indication of where trustees stand.

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Posted on May 17, 2014

Community Relations Committee Meeting

The main topic addressed at this month’s Community Relations Committee’s meeting was the bond.   Coverage by KXLH provides an update: