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[UPDATE] Public meeting tonight on Central School closure

Superintendent's office announces when classes will resume for Central, PAL students
2013-03-18T10:09:00Z 2013-03-19T00:42:23Z [UPDATE] Public meeting tonight on Central School closureBy EDDIE GREGG Independent Record Helena Independent Record
March 18, 2013 10:09 am  • 

[UPDATED at 5:15 p.m.] Helena Public Schools will be providing free, K-5 child care with lunch and breakfast for Central School families through Thursday, March 21 when classes will resume.

The daycare, which is being provided by School Aged Child Care staff, will be available from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Seventh Avenue Gym next to Central School.

Both breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost to participating families.

Please Note: The regular 21st Century SACC After School Program begins at 3:15 p.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. in the Seventh Avenue Gym.


[UPDATED at 2:00 p.m.] The office of the superintendent of Helena Public Schools issued a press release with information on when classes for relocated Central Elementary and Project for Alternative Learning students will resume shortly before 2 p.m. Monday. 

Classes for Central School students in Charla Kempa’s 4/5 Montessori and Scott Herzig’s 5th grade will resume on Thursday, March 21 at Helena Middle School, located at 1025 North Rodney, at their regular school start time. 

Families of Kempa and Herzig’s students are invited to attend an open house Wednesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in rooms 208 and 210 at Helena Middle School 

To enter the building, come in through the doors located north of the gym doors facing Rodney Street.

Classes for all other Central School students will resume on Friday, March 22 at Lincoln School, located at 1325 Poplar Street, at their regular start time. 

Families of Central School students who will be attending Lincoln School are invited to an Open House on Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Parents can access the school through the front doors facing Poplar Street.

Transportation details for all Central students are being finalized, the press release says.

Project for Alternative Learning students will tentatively resume classes on Thursday, March 21 at Front Street Learning Center, located at 815 Front Street, at their regular start time.  

Updates on transportation, the Project for Alternative Learning class schedule and other matters will be posted at, the press release says.


Concerned parents and community members will have the chance to voice their opinions on the closing of Central Elementary School in a public meeting tonight.

A 7 p.m. meeting in the Capital High School auditorium is scheduled for tonight where school district officials and a structural engineer will discuss why Central Elementary School was closed Friday, according to a letter by Kent Kultgen, superintendent of Helena Public Schools.

Kultgen made the decision to close the school Friday after district staff members reviewed an engineering report that morning that stated the school would be at risk for serious structural damage in the event of an earthquake.

The structural engineer who made the report on Central will present his findings during the meeting, according to Kultgen.

Kultgen wrote in a public letter that an update on the relocation of Central’s students to other facilities will also be made during the meeting.

All Central students and staff members are being relocated to Lincoln School, where the Project for Alternative Learning program has been housed, with the exception of the classes taught by Charla Kempa and Scott Herzig, which will be relocated to Helena Middle School.

Students and staff members in the Project for Alternative Learning program are being relocated to the Front Street Learning Center.

Reporter Eddie Gregg: 447-4081 or Follow Eddie Gregg on Twitter: @IR_EddieGregg.

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