Voters in the Helena and East Helena School Districts have overwhelmingly backed the districts’ plans to build new elementary schools.
In Helena, more than 73 percent of voters supported a $63 million bond issue that will pay for three new schools to replace Central, Bryant and Jim Darcy Elementary.
Historic Central School has been closed since 2013 because of concerns over earthquake safety. Bryant’s current building is nearly 80 years old and suffering from a number of structural issues. Administrators at Jim Darcy said the school doesn’t have enough room to keep up with the population growth in the north Helena Valley.
The bond will also provide security and technology upgrades at all the district’s elementary and middle schools.