HELENA, Mont. — The school boards in Lockwood and East Helena have estimates for the costs of new high schools they want to build after legislation passed last year that allows elementary school districts with more than 1,000 students to ask voters if they want to expand to a high school district.

Lockwood’s estimated cost is $49 million while East Helena’s is $29.5 million.

The East Helena school board is meeting Monday evening and is expected to consider a resolution to ask voters for $29.5 million in its May 8 bond election. Lockwood is expected to finalize its bond request during a meeting on Feb. 26.

If voters reject the bonds, the districts can’t ask again for five years.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.