Early Helena Public Schools election results favored a $63 million bond by a vote of 12,809 to 4,475, with about 1,000 ballots left to count Tuesday evening.
The preliminary results also put Luke Muszkiewicz (8,167 votes) and Jeff Hindoien (5,340 votes) in the lead for two positions up for election on the Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees. The next highest vote-getter was Annie Hanshew (4,219 votes), according to preliminary results.
Muszkiewicz, 39, is a software engineer and senior manager at Anderson ZurMuehlen; and Hindoien, 52, is an attorney with the Montana Secretary of State’s office.
The bond would build three new K-5 schools, replacing Central and Jim Darcy schools on their existing sites, and Bryant either on its current campus or a larger one in the near vicinity.
The bond also funds at least $8 million in safety/security and technology upgrades at all K-8 schools, which includes the district’s two middle schools. It would affect a total of 13 schools and 5,000 students.