Last night I received a scripted phone call encouraging me to vote yes for the school bond. The caller said this bond would prevent "emergency closures like the one at Central School."

Wait a minute, don't we need to fund deferred maintenance in order to ensure safe conditions for our children and prevent emergency closures? The superintendent's final facilities plan, dated Feb. 20, removed deferred maintenance from the previous plan, in order to lower the total bond amount. As a result, the bond allocation for several of the elementary schools is not enough to address the identified needs, and none of the deferred maintenance at the middle schools will be funded. The previously-approved facilities maintenance levy will not cover these needs. How can the Helena School District justify this K-8 bond plan?

It's truly a sad day when I feel compelled to vote no on a school ballot issue, but today, that's what I did.

Patty Hartman

Helena

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