Great Falls

Jan 24, 2011 11:16 PM by Kay Rossi (Great Falls)

Great Falls School Board follows state bond repayment bill

A house bill in the Montana Legislature to revise bond requirements for public schools has passed unanimously out of committee which could be beneficial for a Great Falls energy project.

House Bill 182 extends bond repayment deadlines for public schools from 10 to 15 years.

The Great Falls Public School Board just passed on second reading a measure to sell bonds to pay for an $8.5-million energy overhaul for school buildings.

After passing the House Education Committee, the bill will move to the house floor.

Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent Cheryl Crawley said, "I take it as a very good sign and we've said that throughout generating this project that it's a win win win. It's a win for kids in classrooms, it's a win for teachers working in our schools and it's a win for the business community because it's going to create a lot of construction work in our community."

Crawley says the plan will create a better learning environment for students because currently most school facilities have unpredictable boiler systems.

New valves and electronic boiler controls will better distribute heat.

Water and light fixtures will also be upgraded.