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Radley Elementary school

Thom Bridge, Independent Record

The East Helena School Board of Trustees will take the first step to consider whether the district should build a high school during a meeting on Monday.

The board will consider a motion to approve a 2017 ballot issue. If approved, voters will decide via a mail-in-ballot whether they are “for additional propositions to consider expansion of East Helena Elementary School District.”

“There is no money being voted on at this point, simply a question to the voters if they even want us to spend the time researching the possibility of such a large endeavor,” Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer said in an email to board members and other school officials.

East Helena voters approved a $12 million school bond in May to build a new school for first and second graders and add classrooms at East Valley Middle School. The district is also updating the cafeteria at Radley.

The tax impact for the 20-year bond works out to $4.07 per month for a house valued at $100,000. The average home in East Helena is valued at $135,000, which would be a school tax of $5.50 per month.

The board will vote on the motion at their regular board meeting in the East Valley Middle School Library at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 14.

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