Posted on June 18, 2014

CLOSETS FOR CLASSROOMS Community members tour schools in need of renovation

Around a dozen people stepped onto a magic school bus of sorts Tuesday, but instead of traveling to the ocean floor or inside the human body, they toured the “underside” of Helena’s aging schools.

The tour of Bryant, Hawthorne, Kessler Elementary and Helena Middle School was the first of a pair of visits offered this week by the Helena School District as it nears a decision on which construction projects to be included in a K-8 bond proposal.

Riders saw closets that have been converted into classrooms, walked up a ramp to nowhere, navigated mazelike basements and heard stories from principals about day-to-day challenges of working in buildings that were designed two generations ago.

Read more at the Helena IR. 

Posted on June 11, 2014

Pair of facility tours to give residents first-hand view of Helena schools

Residents interested in the future of Helena schools will soon have a chance to view the state of district facilities first-hand, as the district announced Tuesday that it will host a pair of public bus tours and guided walk-throughs of four schools next week.

“The objective of the tour is really to illustrate the status of our schools and where some of the greatest needs exist for resources,” school board Trustee Aidan Myhre said.

The first tour will depart from May Butler Center, 55 South Rodney St., on Tuesday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. Another tour is scheduled for Thursday, June 19 at 8 a.m., also leaving from May Butler Center.

Attendees will be shuttled on a district yellow school bus to visit Hawthorne Elementary, Bryant Elementary, Kessler Elementary and Helena Middle School, Superintendent Kent Kultgen said. The tours will last two hours.

Learn more about the tours at the Helena IR.

To join a tour check here or call the Superintendent’s Office at: 324-2001 .

Posted on May 31, 2014

Neighbors, parents rally to keep Hawthorne School open

Parents, children and alumni came together Friday afternoon to show their support for Hawthorne Elementary, one of the schools that could be closed through a proposed plan for a Helena School District bond. Nearly 150 people participated in the protest, carrying signs and blue and gold balloons in a show of solidarity.

Read more at the Helena IR 


Posted on April 25, 2014

ELEMENTARY REASONING 5th-graders keep abreast of current events, school issues

Do you know more about the Helena elementary school bond than a fifth-grader?
You might not, if one of the news-savvy students in Patrick Rieley’s class at Hawthorne Elementary is your conversation partner. The students say they keep tabs on current events by reading classroom sets of the Independent Record that are delivered twice a week.