The school district is proposing to close Central and Broadwater schools in order to build new schools in the valley. The district says closing two city schools is necessary to avoid increasing staff. The following facts are from www.helena
educationplanning.com or a Sept. 26 meeting.
Between neighborhood and Montessori students, Central is basically full, and our elementary schools can handle all of the students in the district. Also, closing Central does not save money, because the district proposes renovating the building for administrative space. The main reason that the district wants to build new schools in the valley is because kids are “being bused an hour each way.” However, 45 minutes of that hour is spent picking kids up in the sprawling valley.
So the District will spend $14.4 million on valley schools and $9.6 million to expand Jefferson and Kessler to accommodate students from two closed schools (many of whom would now have to be bused), to save 15 minutes off an hour-long bus route?
Instead, the District should use smaller school buses and shorten the valley bus routes. The District should also prioritize maintaining our existing schools and building a new middle school to relieve over-crowded C.R. Anderson.