Notice of Helena School District Election to be held on May 2, 2017
NOTICE OF HELENA SCHOOL DISTRICT TRUSTEE ELECTION
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 OF HELENA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BOND ELECTION
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.
DETAILS ON CONDUCT OF ELECTION
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 athttp://www.lccountymt.gov/car/elections/election-forms.
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 http://www.lccountymt.gov/car/elections/election-forms. 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
Pre-Bond community information meetings have been scheduled for the week of April 3 , 2017. Meeting participants will be introduced to the architects assigned to each project. the design process and a tentative timeline describing how work will proceed will be presented. The architects will be seeking ideas participants may have regarding the design and layout of the school projects. There will also be time for questions
April 3, 2017– K-8 Safety, Security and Technology Upgrades Meeting for all K-8 buildings with CWG Architects 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Helena Middle School Auditorium, 1025 N. Rodney.
April 4, 2017 – Jim Darcy School Pre-Bond Meeting with DSA Architects 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Jim Darcy Gym
April 5, 2017 – Bryant School Pre-Bond Meeting with Mosaic Architects 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Helena High School Cafeteria, 1300 Billings Avenue
April 6, 2017 – Central School Pre-Bond Meeting with SMA Architects 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 201 8th Avenue.