Ballot drop

This year's school board elections will bring a wealth of candidates to choose from.

By the deadline Thursday at 5 p.m., seven candidates filed for two open seats on the Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees, and four are contending for three open seats on East Helena Public Schools board.

Both districts also have a school bond issue on the May 2 ballot.

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And then there were seven

Seven candidates are vying for two open K-12 seats on the Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees May 2 ballot. The mail ballot for the seats and a school facilities bond will be mailed to voters April 17.

The candidates are: Pamela J. Attardo, Annie Elizabeth Hanshew, Jeffrey M. Hindoien, Luke Muszkiewicz, Jason A. Pettit, Dana M. Swingley and Erin H. Turner.

The two seats are currently held by Board Chair Aidan Myhre and Cherche Prezeau, who both represent the Helena Elementary District on the board. Neither trustee is running.

Jennifer Walsh is the sole candidate filing for a third open seat on the high school board currently held by Tina Huffsmith, who has not filed. This seat represents the Wolf Creek and Trinity elementary school districts.

All three trustee seats are for three-year terms.

Also on the May 2 ballot is the $63 million school facilities bond to build three new K-5 schools at the current sites of Central and Jim Darcy schools and at/or near the Bryant School site. It would also fund technology and security upgrades at all the elementary schools, including the two middle schools.

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Four file for three East Helena seats

A newcomer, Dawn Michelle Kramer, and all three incumbents on the East Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees have filed for the three open seats on the board.

The three-year seats are currently held by Mark Diehl, Breck Scheet and Ann Marie Thompson.

The East Helena school ballot will be mailed April 13 and will also include a $12 million bond ballot to build a new elementary school on land the district owns adjacent to Radley Elementary School.

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

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