Community Information

Notice of Helena School District Election to be held on May 2, 2017


Notice is hereby given that in Lewis and Clark County on May 2, 2017, an election will be held in the Helena School District for the purpose of electing three trustees to the Helena School District Board of trustees. Two positions that serve on both the Helena Elementary and Helena High School Board will be voted on at the election. These positions are three-year terms.One position that represents the Wolf Creek and Trinity Districts on the Helena High School Board will also be voted on. This position is also a three-year term. Depending on the number of candidates filing for these positions, all or part of these elections may be cancelled. This election will be conducted by mail ballot. Ballots will be automatically mailed to active electors residing within the district on April 17, 2017. For more information about this election and how to vote in this election, please see details on the conduct of the election below, or contact the Lewis andClark County Elections Office at 406-447-8339.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of School District No. 1 (Helena), Lewis and Clark County, Montana (the “Elementary District”), that pursuant to a certain resolution duly adopted at a meeting of the Board on February 14, 2017, a special election of the registered voters of the Elementary District will be held by mail ballot election on May 2, 2017 for the purpose of voting on the question of whether the Board may issue and sell general obligation school building bonds of the Elementary District in one or more series in the aggregate principal amount of up to Sixty-Three Million and No/100 Dollars ($63,000,000.00), bearing interest at rates to be determined at the time of the sale, payable semiannually, during a term as to each series of bonds of not more than twenty (20) years, for the purpose of providing funds to pay the costs of addressing deficient school facilities and infrastructure, to include acquiring land, if available, next to or in the vicinity of the Jim Darcy School campus and constructing on the Jim Darcy School campus a new elementary school building in replacement of the existing Jim Darcy School and making associated improvements; constructing a new Bryant School either on the existing Bryant School campus as enlarged by the acquisition of residential property, if available, located next to or in the vicinity of the Bryant School campus or on another site to be selected by the Board in accordance with Montana law, and making associated improvements in connection with the new Bryant School; constructing on the Central School campus a new Central School and making associated improvements that may include the removal of existing structures; installing at or making available to all schools in the Elementary District safety upgrades or new safety amenities, such as one or more of keyless entry, communication, and video surveillance systems, emergency response materials, more appropriate placement of office space, and/or improvements that limit entry to a school to a single point of entry; installing at all schools in the Elementary District technology upgrades, to include enhanced capacity and audio visual interactive learning capabilities; related improvements and costs, including, but not limited to, costs of design, engineering, equipment, furnishings, transition, demolition, removal, and disposal; and paying costs associated with the sale and issuance of the bonds. Each series of the bonds shall bear interest at a rate or rates to be determined at the time of sale and be payable semiannually during a term of not more than twenty (20) years.


The election will be conducted by the County Election Administrator solely by mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed to all eligible registered voters with an active voter status in theElementary District on April 17, 2017. If you are a registered voter and do not receive a ballot, contact the elections office at 406-447-8339 to determine how to update your information as necessary and receive a ballot. Voted ballots must be returned, by mail or in person to the Lewis and Clark County Elections Office, City-County Building, 316 North Park Ave., Room 168, Helena, MT 59623 or in person to the May Butler Center, 55 S. Rodney, Helena, Montana, during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the City-County Building and 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the May Butler Center), weekdays (exclusive of holidays), through May 1, 2017, or as described in the following paragraph.

On Election Day, May 2, 2017, the only place for deposit of voted ballots will be the Lewis and Clark County Elections Office, City-County Building, 316 North Park Ave., Room 168, Helena, Montana or the May Butler Center, 55 S. Rodney, Helena, Montana, and all ballots must be in that office or that center by 8:00 p.m. to be counted. All ballots will be counted on May 2, 2017, in accordance with Montana law with preliminary results, expected to be released after 8:00 p.m. on that day.

A qualified voter who will be absent from the Elementary District during the time the election is being conducted may request an absentee ballot using the Absentee Ballot Application available at the County Elections Office and online at

An elector may obtain a replacement ballot if his ballot is destroyed, spoiled, lost, or not received by submitting a signed Replacement Ballot Request Form to the office of the County Election Administrator. The Replacement Ballot Request Form is available in the County Elections Office and online at Ballots may be returned in person at the places of deposit listed above, or returned by mail. If returning by mail, please use the then-prevailing first-class-postage price or one Forever Stamp. Postmark date does not apply; ballots returned by mail must be received by the 8:00 p.m. Election Day deadline to be counted.

Please note, all electors, as defined in MCA 20-20-301, are those who reside within the Elementary District and are registered to vote by the close of registration on April 3, 2017.

For electors who miss the close of registration deadline, late registration is available through the office of the County Election Administrator until noon on May 1, 2017, and will resume on Election Day, May 2, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

DATED this 14th day of February, 2017.

Paulette DeHart, County Election Administrator

Publication Dates: April 4, April 12, and April 20, 2017






Posted on September 15, 2017

Just For Kids Daycare

This contract is for after school pick up and care. Hours are approximately 3:15pm to 5:30pm Monday through Friday.

Cost is: $300/month with a $50-$75/month pick up fee, dependent upon distance to the school for a total of: $350-$375.

Fees are due the first day the child is planned to be picked up and subsequently on the first of each month.

Just for Kids agrees to provide the following service for after school care :
—-Child/children will be picked up at their school and brought to our facility at 3108 McHugh where they will be taken care of until we close at 5:30pm.
—– We agree to pick up children in a safe and reliable vehicle with a registered licensed driver with a safe driving record.
—– We agree to provide an after school snack in a safe area to play, do crafts, play games, do homework and relax, supervised by a trained daycare teacher.
—–Just for Kids will work with parents to possibly provide care for days when school is not in session on a case by case basis for an additional fee.This contract is for after school pick up and care. Hours are approximately 3:15pm to 5:30pm Monday through Friday.

Just for Kids has researched other programs in the city as well as neighboring communities. Our cost comes out to be around $7.50 per hour. We are a licensed facility with qualified, trained teachers. We differ from other facilities because we pick up your child from their individual school and keep them in a safe, fun learning environment until they are picked up at or before 5:30pm.

Please see the list below of the days Just For Kids facility is closed.
Thanksgiving Day and the day after
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after Christmas
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
The Monday after Easter Sunday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day

Please contact our facility at 422-5660 or

Thank you
GG and Tatiyana Grotbo/Owners



After School Contract

Posted on September 8, 2017

Board of Trustees Meeting

Posted on August 31, 2017

Special Board Meeting Agenda

Posted on August 31, 2017

Special Board Meeting 9-07-17

Posted on August 31, 2017

Policy Committee Agenda Packet 9-05-17

Posted on August 28, 2017

AUDITIONS: Nutcracker on the Rocks

Auditions for Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks will be Semptember 4-7, 2017. Looking for Adults and youth ages 7+. All abilities welcome, including those with disabilities. No dance experience required. 

All who audition and can commit to the rehearsal schedule will be cast

Join the rockin’ cast of Helena’s 5th annual Nutrcracker on the Rocks featuring Music by James Brown, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, and more.

A fusion of modern dance with swing, African, hip hop, and ballet.

Whether you’ve danced for years or only in your living room, this is the show for you!

Call 422-0830 to schedule your audition time.

Show dates: November 25 & 26, 2017 (Thanksgiving Weekend).


Posted on August 10, 2017

CHS Math Team Places Second in International Competition

Congratulations, team, we couldn’t be more proud of you!!

Below you can read the article that is in the IR.

A team of four Capital High School math students is one of the top high school math teams in the world.

After placing in the top two teams in the country, the team was judged in the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge, where they placed second.

The four students were given five days to create algorithms to pick the best place for a hypothetical international meeting. The selected meeting place was supposed to allow participants to come from different countries and suffer the least amount of jet lag and productivity loss.

After considering distance, travel time, cost and the number of time zones attendees had to cross, the team picked a community in Russia for a primary meeting and Beirut or Cairo for the second.

Their math teacher, Dennis Peterson, said the team was one of two schools competing from the United States. The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics took first place, while Capital tied for second with teams from North Korea, Argentina and Germany.

There were 27 countries or regions invited to participate in the 2017 challenge and after the national selection round, 49 teams competed in the international round of judging.

“I’m just really proud of these kids,” Peterson said. “They have to be able to write. They know how to do computer code. They can do math.”

Team member Jack Murphy previously told the Independent Record he thought the team did well due to a program that automated the process. When they tried it in a real world problem, such as where to host the G20 summit, the actual meeting in Germany was one of their top results, he said.

“They work really well together and they’re very creative,” Peterson said. “They each have their strengths.”

Now, after placing in an international competition, three of the students are going to college. Murphy is going to Williams College, Caleb Noble to MIT and Willie Gross to the University of St. Thomas. The remaining teammate, Jaskrit Singh, will be the only returning member on the team next year.

Peterson said Singh will be joined by three new students from the Math Club on the team next year.