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School Board candidate: Annie Hanshew

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School Board candidate: Annie Hanshew School Board candidate: Annie Hanshew

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.

Annie Hanshew grew up attending public schools in East Helena and Helena, and she says she now wants to support education on the Helena School District Board of Trustees.

This is the first time Hanshew, a historian and small business owner, has run for school board. She says her experience working on education issues make her a strong candidate. She has helped develop K-12 school curriculum and taught for six years at the college level.

“My experience as an educator at the university level really gave me an idea of what children need to come out of the school system with,” she said.

Hanshew has been back in Helena for about six years, after living in Utah for six years before that. She says when she and her husband have children, they will attend Central School.

She says aging facilities are a challenge for the school district, but they also provide an opportunity. She wants the community to have strong input in the next steps the district takes.

“What I’d like to see is some sort of long-term plan from the district and the school board that really communicates to the public what the facilities needs are for Helena, at the middle school, elementary and high school levels, and then work with the community to figure out how we’re going to fund those over a period of time,” she said.

Hanshew says she supports this year’s bond proposal to build three new elementary schools. She says it may take several bond issues over the coming years to address all of Helena’s school buildings.

“We’re in a really good position as a community to take a step forward with our schools, and I’m very much looking forward to being a part of that,” she said.

Click here to learn more about the other candidates.

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