$19.8 Million Hellgate Elementary Bond Passes By Slim Margin
Another school bond passed in Missoula on Tuesday, which will direct millions of dollars to new construction at Hellgate Elementary. Hellgate Elementary Superintendent Douglas Reisig says he is happy with the result.
"We're very pleased for the passage of the bond," Reisig said. "We want to thank all of the people who voted, whether they voted in favor of the bond or in opposition to the bond. This is a local control issue for our local school district and for our community out here. It's just a thrilling opportunity for us to be able accommodate the increasing enrollment that we're experiencing right now at Hellgate Elementary."
Most of the money will go towards a new building, but there will also be money spent on parks.
"The bond was for $19.8 million," Reisig said. "We had about 38% of the voters turn out to vote or submit a mail-in ballot. $17 million of the $19.8 million will actually go into the building. There is another $2 million part of this bond which will go to enhanced recreational and green way space opportunities, not only for school but for the community because we have very little of that out here."
There are over 9,000 voters in the Hellgate Elementary district, 1,952 voted for the bond and 1,830 voted against it. Because the vote was done in conjunction with mailed ballots, the bond passed by a simple majority. If it had been a regular school election or at a special election called by the trustees the bond would have required a 40 percent turnout to pass.