Helena Schools look into new high school
East Helena School District officials are looking into building a new high school.
Beartooth NBC's Charlie Misra spoke with the district superintendent about the idea. East Helena School District Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer says the idea of getting a new high school in East Helena has been around for a long time. He says the "we are East Helena" advertising campaign sparked the most recent discussion on the issue.
Ron Whitmoyer, East Helena Superintendent says, "People are pretty devoted to the East Helena school systems. Their kids are successful here and so they would love to extend that relationship with East Helena schools into the future."
Whitmoyer says in order for a school to be built, the community needs to say this project is a priority for them. Then, he says, legislators would have to change a Montana law which forbids East Helena School District from changing its status from an elementary school district, to a high school district.
Whitmoyer says, "It all depends on so many rules and changes. There's so much work to be done to even consider this."
According to Whitmoyer, the district is using a $25,000 grant from Montana DNRC to do soil testing on the grounds behind Radley Elementary, to help solve current and future school matters.
Beartooth NBC’s Charlie Misra says, "Whitmoyer says this section of the ASARCO Trust Fund could be the future site of the new high school. And SDL Enterprises is currently checking the land for any lead deposits."
Whitmoyer says, "We're actively searching for property, not just for this particular high school issue but more importantly, for our elementary needs that we have with our growth."
Whitmoyer says there will be a school board listening session on Monday at 6:30 pm at the East Valley Middle School Library. He says it's an opportunity for the public to learn information and share their concerns.
Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
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