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Posted on August 19, 2014

New school boilers expected to improve learning environment

Lona Carter-Scanlon, principal at Jefferson Elementary, said temperatures in the 66-year-old school would swing from sweltering hot to freezing cold when the building’s original boiler was used.

“It was either hot, like 110, or freezing, like mid-40s-50s — depending on how the boiler was feeling,” Carter-Scanlon said.

For the first time, students at Jefferson won’t be dealing with those temperature extremes anymore.

Several decades-old boilers are being replaced by the Helena school district this summer. New boilers are being installed in the Ray Bjork Learning Center, Jefferson Elementary and Broadwater Elementary.

The boiler projects are one piece of the $3 million worth of projects the school district undertook across public schools this summer, John Carter, director of support services with the school district, said.

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Posted on May 27, 2014

School board eyes $1.6 million in summer construction projects

A new boiler at Jefferson Elementary, another modular classroom at Jim Darcy and roofing projects at both high schools are among the summer construction projects eyed by the Helena school district. The four projects, totaling around $1.6 million, are consent items for the school board during its scheduled work session this afternoon.

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Posted on April 10, 2014

$130,000 spent on lead at C.R. Anderson

Testing for and abating lead contamination in C.R. Anderson Middle School cost the Helena district nearly $130,000, project invoices show. The district paid $50,731 to ALM Consulting for tests conducted throughout the school and will pay $76,119 to Abatement Contractors of Montana, LLC for abatement work. It paid another $1,780 to other contractors, for a total of $128,630.C.R. Anderson was closed for a week in January after initial lead samples taken in basement classrooms indicated levels many times above what is acceptable. The basement once housed an indoor shooting range.

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