School board approves boiler replacements, sets special meetings on bond proposal

2013-11-27T06:00:00Z School board approves boiler replacements, sets special meetings on bond proposalIndependent Record Helena Independent Record
November 27, 2013 6:00 am  • 

The two boilers that heat C.R. Anderson Middle School will be replaced.

School board trustees approved a $172,000 bid by Tri-County Mechanical and Electrical of Helena for the project.

The existing, original boilers are 54 years old. They will remain in use while the new units are installed, Director of Facilities Services John Carter told trustees at their work session Tuesday afternoon.

Board members also agreed to hold two special board meetings, one in December and one in January, to review a bond proposal currently being developed. The dates for those meetings have not yet been set.

Teachers from Kessler Elementary presented their students’ scores on reading and math assessments used across the district to monitor student learning.

Kessler reported an attendance rate of more than 96 percent.

Staff then listed the school’s most significant needs. Class sizes were near the top, with teachers requesting more support for larger classrooms and hoping to create an additional class for fourth- and fifth-graders.

Kessler staff said they’d also like to see a computer lab created in the school. Without one, teachers said they must juggle students between computers to use new individual lessons and math programs, which cuts into class time.

The next meeting of the school board of trustees is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Ray Bjork Learning Center.

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