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Posted on December 16, 2015

School district launches online school facilities survey

Nearly 300 members of the public and staff spoke up about Helena Public Schools facilities at a series of eight listening sessions held in November and December.

Missed the meetings?

It’s not too late to weigh in.

There’s an online survey on the Helena schools website:

The deadline is Dec. 31.

More at the IR here.

Posted on December 11, 2015

On-Line Facility Listening Session

Helena School District Invites Public to Participate in On-Line Listening Session

The Helena School District wrapped up a series of listening sessions designed to re-engage community members with the District’s facilities and how they support educational goals.  Over 300 community members and staff attended the eight facilitated conversations.

In response to those who were unable to attend, the District is launching an On-Line Listening Session to provide another opportunity for the community to have their voices heard.

Go to On-Line Facility Listening Session to access the survey.  The link is available Friday, December 11, 2015 through the end of the month.

“We know our students and teachers need better school facilities in which to learn and to teach,” said Board Chair Aidan Myhre. “We want to hear the public’s ideas to move forward together on a community-led vision for our schools.”

Superintendent Kent Kultgen added, ” The facilitated Listening Sessions have been a great way for the community to let us know what is important to them.  We’ve added this On-Line Listening Session to provide one more way to engage the public and staff in the process. ”


Posted on December 11, 2015

Final listening session: A successful school bond would unite the city and the valley

If the next school bond unites the community — instead of tearing it apart — it would be a success.

That was one idea proposed at the final Helena Public Schools community listening session Thursday night at Warren Elementary School.

So was the idea that the school facilities should reflect the high value Helenans place on education.

Eight listening sessions have been held since the beginning of November, six for community members, and two for staff.

They are an initial step to help the district launch a fresh start for a future school bond, after a $70 million bond failed in June.

School board chair Aidan Myhre opened the session by telling the group of about 30 attendees, “We want and need to have a community-led vision.”

Read more at the Helena IR here.

Posted on December 9, 2015

School staff suggest ways to gain community support at latest listening session

Pride in Helena’s schools would be one accomplishment of a successful school bond.

That was one idea stated at the latest Helena Public Schools staff listening session Tuesday night, attended by 45 staff members at Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym.

Tuesday’s was the sixth listening session held by the school district so far, two final ones for the public are scheduled for Wednesday, at Ray Bjork, 1600 8th Ave., and Thursday, at Warren Elementary School, 2690 Old York Road

Both meetings start at 6 p.m., with check-in and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.

All of the sessions cover the same key discussion areas:

  • What guiding principles are important to you in discussing facilities and educational goals?
  • What interests need to be recognized as the school district plans for facilities improvement?
  • What do you not want to lose when planning improved facilities? What do you want to gain?

However, on Tuesday night, facilitator Virginia “Ginny” Tribe asked one group to tackle how to engage school staff and community members in the discussion and what success would look like in the end.


Read more here. 

Posted on December 7, 2015

Second round of Helena Public Schools listening sessions is this week

A second round of three Helena Public Schools community listening sessions kicks off Monday night, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym, 1600 8th Ave. Check-in and refreshments are at 5:30 p.m.

Another session is Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the same location.

And the final one is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10, at Warren Elementary School, 2690 Old York Road.

A staff listening session is set for Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym, which the public is welcome to attend.

All of the meetings start at the same time and follow the same format.

Read more at the Helena IR here.


Posted on November 18, 2015

November Listening Sessions — Summaries Posted

Thank you to everyone who turned out for a Listening Session to help the district build a facility plan that supports student education.

Last week wrapped up our first series of four (4) Listening Sessions with about 130 people attending. Summaries of these community and staff conversations are now posted on the website.

We want to hear from you! In December, please consider attending one of four (4) more opportunities to engage in the conversation and support Helena Public Schools Educational goals.

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