Raise my taxes to tear down my school? No thanks. The superintendent's closure bond will cost taxpayers $70 million. Remarkably missing from this proposal is money for our overcrowded junior high schools -- not one dime. Instead the bond calls for expenditures for millions to create classroom space for 4,200 K-5 kids (compared to 3,319 K-5 kids enrolled currently). The superintendent publicly said that Bryant, Kessler, Central and Hawthorne will be closed, yet the bond proposes that we pour millions into these schools. If approved, the school district bond would add $64.51 a year in taxes for a property with a market value of $100,000.
We can do better. Helena can formulate a bond that recognizes the value of our neighborhood schools while also upgrading our infrastructure for the 21st century. Vote no on this irresponsible tax-and-close bond. Only then will this school board be responsive to the people's wishes. Helena voters will support a bond that actually solves problems without destroying schools that have been the heart of neighborhoods for decades. This is not that bond.