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SB 107 would allow some elementary districts to create their own high school

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HELENA -- A bill that would allow current elementary districts to create their own high schools passed in senate committee on Friday, with a 7-3 vote.

Senate Bill 107 proposes giving elementary communities with at least 1,000 students, an opportunity to vote on whether to expand into a 

K-12 district. Current elementary districts in favor of the bill include East Helena, Hellgate, and Lockwood.

Committee members challenged Senator Taylor Brown's (R- Huntley) measure by laying down several amendments.

One amendment wished to provide voters specific financial information for constructing a high school. That failed.

Another amendment called for allowing the existing K-12 district communities to take part in the decision. That also failed.

Senator Jill Cohenour, (D - East Helena) said, "Our charge here is to make sure that all children are taken care of. This bill is not going to do that and the impacts to the other side of the district are not being considered.”

Senator Brown said, “Of course there's going to be debt and there's going to be taxes. That community should have the right to determine, 'do we want to build a high school for our kids with our money?'”

SB 107 goes before the Senate Floor early next week.
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