Area superintendents discuss challenges, goals for new school year

Superintendents from Helena and East Helena public schools Thursday discussed the first day of school this year and the challenges that lie ahead.

The topic of finances came up a time or two.

Helena Public Schools Superintendent Rex Weltz speaks Thursday to Hometown Helena. 

Phil Drake, Independent Record

Rex Weltz, superintendent of Helena, and Dan Rispens, of East Helena, told members of Hometown Helena, a grassroots community group, that Wednesday’s opening day of the school year went well.

Weltz said a $6 million budget shortfall for the Helena district has been whittled down to $2 million and that the district will have its master facilities plan completed in November. He said the plan would assess facility needs, what buildings would stay operational and where to invest more time. He said the district is focusing on school safety.

Weltz said the district has had a rough time in finding special education teachers and counselors.

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He also mentioned the recently published school calendar tab published in the Independent Record has sports schedules

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