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Capital High School’s academic progress and a report recommending weighted grades are among the topics on the Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees' Tuesday work session agenda.

The board will also hear a report from Central School parents about the problems that displacement to Lincoln School have caused in their school community.

The public meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Capital High School library, 100 Valley Drive.

“Capital has always talked about weighted grades and having multiple degrees -- having an honors diploma or a regular diploma,” said school district Superintendent Kent Kultgen. “Capital really wants to (use incentives to) attract more kids into taking rigorous classes.”

CHS had a committee look into this, he said, but is waiting on a district-wide proposal.

However, Helena High School has not been supportive of this idea, he said.

Kultgen expects no action on this item until later in the year. “It’s two different schools and two different cultures," he said. 

Central Elementary School parents just want a chance to tell the board “that they want something done,” Kultgen said.

However, since this is an information item on the agenda, there will be no action on the topic.

In other matters, the board will accept public comment on 16 resolutions proposed by the Montana School Board Association. The Helena school board will send four trustees to a June 10 MTSBA general assembly to vote on the resolutions, said Kultgen. “These are the resolutions the MTSBA will then ... advocate for at the Legislature.”

Among the 16 resolutions are to have MTSBA:

  • support legislation allowing a first-class K-8 district the ability to form a high school district
  • support various economic and support programs to help at-risk children academically succeed
  • propose a state/local match formula to assist school districts with maintaining, renovating and updating school facilities

Kultgen will also give a one-sheet budget presentation. More specific budget work will take place at June and July board meetings, with a budget vote slated for August.

For more information about Tuesday’s board work session, visit http://helenaschools.org/board-of-trustees/board-of-trustees-meeting-agendas/.

Reporter Marga Lincoln can be reached at 447-4083 marga.lincoln@helenair.com

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