Superintendent happy about participation at meeting
East Helena Public Schools Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer says he feels good after hearing from community members about the possibility of getting a high school in East Helena.
Beartooth NBC's Charlie Misra spoke with Whitmoyer about last night's informational meeting. East Helena Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer says he was happy to hear opinions from many different perspectives. He says about 150 community members attended last night's town meeting, and many of them would like to see another high school in the area to prevent overcrowding in schools.
Whitmoyer says, "Smaller school systems have an easier time giving individualized attention to a smaller number of kids."
Whitmoyer says some parents say building a new high school will significantly cut down on the amount of travelling needed for school functions.
Whitmoyer says, "Indeed there's travel associated with getting the kids in and out of Helena, but also for the parents. The parents travel back and forth to basketball games and soccer games and just all the various activities. Also the band and orchestra."
He says though East Helena residents are concerned with the potential cost of a new high school, the school board is currently focused on other aspect of the project.
Whitmoyer says, "I had a parent last night that really got my attention. She said you know 'What's the cost in taxes for this, but also what's the cost to the children if you don't consider this?"
Whitmoyer says the school board is also focusing on how to present their case to the legislature to get the project in motion.
Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
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