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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 April 11, 2014

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The Helena School District’s bond committee continued its meetings this week inching toward a bond recommendation to put before the school board.

The committee is facing a tough challenge by looking at all the different scenarios moving forward that would lead to solving the district’s elementary student displacement issues, particularly at Warren and Jim Darcy schools. Any solution moving forward is going to likely require school consolidation.

Despite the difficult topic they face, the 36-member committee presses on. At this week’s meeting, Hawthorne School parent and committee member Brad Robinson said: “Sausage making is ugly and slow. We’re deep into it.”

And though most people don’t want to see how the sausage is made, in this case it’s a very important process because the future of our schools depends on it.

In November, the school district will have a bond before voters to fund the first phase of a plan to improve facilities around the district. These facilities play a vital role in the educational success of our kids. If the school district can get its facility problems solved, more attention and resources can be focused on education.

We applaud the committee on its continued effort and are anxious to see what it comes up with.

Thumbs Up is an opinion from the Helena Independent Record