A project decades in the making became a reality last night for East Helena Public Schools. Voters approved a nearly $30 million bond to build a high school in the community.
More than 60 percent of voters approved the measure. However, most of those who opposed mainly cited the expense as a reason for turning it down. It will cost homes valued $200,000 and more about $35 per month.
However, for Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer and the majority of the people in East Helena this is a dream come true.
"In a high school this size, every teacher will know every child's name and more importantly, they're going to know their parent's names and recognize them on site on the street,” said Whitmoyer.
East Helena elementary students complete their education in a small classroom setting, so the transition to a large, AA high school can be challenging.
However, the district has one more hurdle to overcome. Ballots will soon be sent out again to ask voters to approve the purchase of land for the new high school.
The district has its sights set on a piece of land near the new Lewis and Clark county Search and Rescue building.
However, the law currently states that the district cannot purchase land that isn’t connected to property already owned by the district. Whitmoyer expects the measure to pass with ease.