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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 June 11, 2014

Central-Linc ‘school bus’ takes new tack


Two dozen parents and children used their morning walk to Central-Linc Elementary Tuesday to say they think Helenans should consider all students, not just their neighborhood school, before opposing the consolidation of district elementary schools.

Responding to the “Save Our Neighborhood Schools” rallies that have been held recently at three other schools, the demonstrators held signs with messages such as “It’s not just about your school” and “Don’t support the few at the expense of all.”

“I think too many people are focusing on protecting their school, when in fact what we need to be doing is thinking about all the children’s welfare in the entire district,” said parent Kyle Strode.

Read more at the Helena IR

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.