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School Board candidate: Pam Attardo

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School Board candidate: Pam Attardo School Board candidate: Pam Attardo

Voters in the Helena School District will select two new members of the Board of Trustees in the upcoming election.

Six candidates are running to fill the open seats: Pam Attardo, Annie Hanshew, Jeff Hindoien, Luke Muszkiewicz, Jason Pettit, and Erin Turner.

Each voter can select up to two candidates. Ballots must be returned to the county elections office by May 2.

Pam Attardo is the Lewis & Clark County Heritage Preservation Officer. She says she wants to ensure equity among all the district’s schools.

Attardo says she’s running for the Helena School District Board of Trustees because she wants to give back to the community where she’s lived for 14 years.

“I think education is one of the most basic, fundamental things that we can do for our children,” she said.

Attardo is currently the Lewis and Clark County Heritage Preservation Officer. This is her first time running for school board, but she says she’s followed issues like graduation rates and advanced placement classes as a parent. Her daughter is a junior at Capital High, while her son is in eighth grade at C.R. Anderson Middle School.

Attardo says the biggest challenge facing Helena schools is delayed maintenance on facilities. She says she attended a school facilities summit earlier this year, which highlighted districts across the country dealing with the same issue.

“It was just overwhelming to see that so many people are in the same boat as we are, and seeing what their states have chosen to do,” Attardo said.

She says the district’s $63 million bond proposal is a good start, but more needs to be done. She says the district needs to make sure parents and teachers, as well as community members from outside the school system, have input in future facilities plans.

“I’m very interested and very dedicated to ensuring equity for everyone in this community, and that we have a plan what will happen to all 11 of our elementary schools, plus our two middle schools,” Attardo said. “For that you need prioritization, you need planning.”

Click here to learn more about the other candidates.

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