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Posted on February 4, 2015

All affected voters should have say on new high schools

IR Editorial

In our democratic society, it’s only fair to let voters make decisions on important issues such as whether to create a new school district. But all affected voters deserve to have a say.

During the current legislative session, school officials from across Montana have debated a bill that would allow some of the state’s elementary school districts to vote on whether to create a new high school district and build and operate a new high school.

Read more here  at the Helena IR.

Posted on January 28, 2015

Helena High School District provides great education


The Montana Legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 107, which has the potential to profoundly alter high school education for 3,000 students attending Helena High School and Capital High School, as well as greatly impact taxpayers’ pocketbooks.

Publicized as local control, SB107 sets the stage for certain K-8 school districts to expand to K-12 districts by creating a new high school. In addition to East Helena, Lockwood near Billings and Hellgate near Missoula qualify under the terms of the bill.

Helena Public Schools is currently composed of a K-8 elementary district and a grades 9-12 high school district. The Helena High School District provides an excellent education to all students from Helena, East Helena, Wolf Creek and Canyon Creek. SB107 would provide the East Helena community the ability to vote on whether or not to build their own high school projected at about 500 students.

The following provides details about the complexity of SB107 and why it doesn’t guarantee additional benefits to students.

Read full article at Helena IR. 

Posted on January 15, 2015

Superintendent: East Helena high would hurt Helena students

Helena Public Schools Superintendent Kent Kultgen raised concerns at Tuesday night’s school board meeting about how a bill allowing for the creation of a high school in East Helena could affect Helena’s high schools.

His comments came hours after he released a newsletter that called the bill “complicated” and “unnecessary.”

Read more at the Helena IR.

Posted on December 4, 2014

Facility decisions hampered by East Helena uncertainty

The unknown of whether East Helena would build its own high school or students from East Helena would continue to attend Helena High School stalled decision making at the Helena Public Schools Facility Committee meeting Wednesday night.

The conversation among the committee revolved around the vision created during the community workshop held on Nov. 14, which included buying property and building a new Helena High on that land.

Read more at the Helena IR here.

Posted on November 19, 2014

East Helena residents voice support for a local high school

East Helena residents who took the microphone on Tuesday night at the East Helena School board meeting voiced their support of legislation for the ability to build an East Helena High School.

Montana law passed in 1993 stops the creation of any new high schools districts. Legislation was put forward in the 2013 legislature to allow the creation of new districts, that bill passed the House but did not make it through the Senate.

Read more at the Helena IR here

Posted on November 15, 2014

Workshop participants consider renovating or rebuilding high schools


Facility Committee Map with circles At the Helena School Board of Trustees Facility Committee workshop Friday morning, a theme of starting the facility process by renovating or rebuilding high schools emerged.

“A lot of the other issues kind of solved themselves once you dealt with the high schools and middle schools,” Tony Perpignano, president of CWG Architects, said.

A group of architects first proposed the workshop to the Facility Committee several weeks ago.

Held Friday morning from 7:30-10:45 a.m., the workshop drew about 75 participants, about half of which were school, county and city officials. Many of the community members who showed up have been involved and vocal throughout the process, but some new faces turned out.

Everyone was divided into four roundtables for discussion, each led by an architect who served as a facilitator. The teams were given two hours to develop proposals and then each group presented.

Read more at the Helena IR here