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Don’t close Central

2012-10-05T01:09:00Z Don’t close CentralKatherine Haque-Hausrath Helena Helena Independent Record
October 05, 2012 1:09 am  • 

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 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.

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  1. dietz1963
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    dietz1963 - October 05, 2012 11:49 am
    Anyone that has even been in Central school can probably appreciate renovating that for children is different then renovating that for an admin function. Certainly Central can't be expanded and considering a large populous has now migrated outside the city, even if you could expand Central you'd end up bussing kids from the valley which tends to be a real long ride.
  2. tiredofthelies
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    tiredofthelies - October 05, 2012 11:19 am
    Typical politician. Twist the "facts" to support her position.

    Kudos to Superintendant Kent Kultgen and Mosaic Architects for engaging the public in this discussion. Mr. Kultgen inherited a number of issues from Messinger and is hitting the ground running. There may be some hard decisions to make as we have a changing demographic and aging facilities.

    Smaller and more buses running around the valley picking up kids is a solution? Seriously? How do people like this ever get elected?

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