East Helena votes yes on high school; Helena approves levies

A high school is coming to East Helena.  Voters approved a $29.5 million bond last night with more than 61 percent saying “yes” to the new building.  The district still has not determined where the new school will be built but it is expected to open by 2020.

That first year, according to an agreement with the Helena School District, will be solely a freshman class, and will add a grade each year after in order to ease the transition of students from Helena High to East Helena.

The East Helena Public Schools K-8 district will officially transition to a high school district on July 1.

Meanwhile, in Helena, voters approved a pair of general fund levies that will allow for teachers and staff to receive raises. Just under 60 percent voted in favor of the elementary levy, and a bit over 57 percent voted for the high school levy.

Both Terry Beaver and Sarah Sullivan were re-elected to the school board as well – both of them running unopposed.