Helena ISD to see $400,000 cuts as result of state budget deal

By TIM BOULWARE

The $227 million  in cuts to balance the Montana budget did not come easy, but everyone chipped
in — including Helena and other schools districts around the state.

“The school districts were included in the cuts,” Helena Superintendent Jack Copps said. “The cuts were
overall $12 million for the Montana schools, the Helena schools were about a $400,000 cut for us.”

Copps was pleased the school board had the foresight to be proactive before the cuts took them by
surprise.

“We knew ahead going into this that we would be a part of the cuts,” he said “so we are making the
kind of adjustments that are necessary.”

Copps said he does not anticipated laying off any people in the district. Should the problem continue in
future years some layoffs may be needed.