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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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Posted on January 21, 2015

‘Exhausted our deliberations’: Facility Committee proposals headed to full board of trustees

The Helena Public Schools Facility Committee agreed at its meeting Tuesday night to send multiple proposals to the full Board of Trustees.… 

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Posted on January 7, 2015

School district’s bonding capacity limited by state

Helena Public Schools officials are saying a solution for facility needs around the district must be broken into three bond elections.

Driving the decision is a state-imposed “bonding capacity” that limits the amount of debt on which a school district can ask taxpayers to make payments. Law sets that cap at 50 percent of the taxable value of properties in a district.

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Posted on January 7, 2015

Trustees hold bond for further discussion

The Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees Facility Committee heard details of the latest vision at its Tuesday night meeting but decided to discuss it further in another committee meeting before taking the proposal to the full board.

The vision is an effort to address issues of displaced students and outdated school buildings in Helena’s K-12 public school district. The vision was developed by the Facility Committee, a group of three board members that has been meeting since the beginning of the school year. At the December Board of Trustees meeting, members asked Superintendent Kent Kultgen to outline specifics and costs of a bond.

Read more at the Helena IR here.

Posted on December 10, 2014

Helena school bond may be ready in late spring or early summer

No bond is prepared for December but Helena Public School officials might have one ready for the late spring or early summer of 2015.

The facilities committee proposes a community vision, one which would address renovations and the construction of fresh schools.

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Posted on July 16, 2014

Trustees vote to cancel bond — Time Crunch | Decision will allow city to consider demolition of Central

The Helena School Board on Tuesday voted to cancel the bond proposal it approved June 25 as the Helena City Commission considers whether to allow the demolition of Central Elementary School and Seventh Avenue Gymnasium on the same site.

Read more at the Helena IR