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Posted on July 16, 2014

Online diagram illustrates district’s lower test scores

July 16, 2014 6:00 am • By ALEXANDER DEEDY Independent Record

A parent of students at Central-Linc Elementary and Helena Middle schools has published an online diagram showing how far behind academically students in the Helena School District are, compared with students in other similarly sized districts in Montana.

Posted on May 15, 2014

Helena has smallest schools among Montana’s major cities

Addressing the Helena school board of trustees this week, several residents likened a plan to consolidate elementary schools into 500-capacity buildings to warehousing, and thus alienating, young learners.

“I don’t think we need mega schools,” resident Brian Arnold said.

Helena’s small neighborhood schools are “jewels of the community,” another parent said.

Meanwhile, some district officials looking at the benefits of consolidation have said the city’s elementary schools aren’t just small: They’re tiny.

“We have itty-bitty schools, not small schools,” trustee Ellen Feaver said during a February board meeting.

Read more at the Helena IR here.

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.