MCPS gives bus tours for Smart School 2020 bond

MCPS gives bus tours for Smart School 2020 bond

MISSOULA, Mont. Missoula County Public School Administrators are offering tours to cheap jerseys try to show why voters need to OK a massive bond next fall.

The bond is worth $150 million, which would be targeted toward increasing security and expanding classroom space. Voters will have a chance to decide on the bond on the 2015 ballot.

Thursday morning’s tour went through Rattlesnake Elementary and Prescott schools. The tour guides used it as a chance to show what’s wrong and what the bond could fix.

A bus shuttled school board members, administrators and members of the public.

It’s a tour with a simple mission “People can see the nitty gritty about what’s wrong with our facilities, but if you look at it from the outside or just look at it as a normal person, you miss a lot of the deficiencies,” explained MCPS Operations and Maintenance Supervisor Burley McWilliams.

The schools were built in the ’50s, and McWilliams says what worked then doesn’t work now.

This bond covers three points new buildings, safety features and technology improvements.

“It’s important to get people to understand where the school districts are, their current state and how we need to develop them for better education for our kids,” said McWilliams.

It’s more than just money for classrooms. The bond could stop what McWilliams calls band aiding fixing little things at old schools isn’t cheap.

McWilliams has done the math. He says that over the last 20 years, the district has put more than $65 million toward quick fixes. He says new buildings require less maintenance, and that’s a long term savings for the district.

McWilliams will be back with more groups as the district continues its educational tours through next May.

“For people to see them first hand has been eye opening for a lot of people, so it’s been really beneficial,” said McWilliams.

The bond measure will be on the 2015 November ballot. It’s being called the Smart Schools 2020 Bond, because the district says it will take until 2020 to finish all the work that needs to be done.

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