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A True Community Endeavor
Following nearly ten years of legislative work and several election votes, the East Helena community expanded into a K-12 School District to provide their students with continuous, local education.
The pre-bond planning, programming, and marketing efforts provided the District with guidance to successfully pass the bond.
SMA and East Helena School District worked collaboratively to facilitate several community outreach events throughout the pre-bond and design process to gather community input. The community’s involvement throughout the design process was critical in creating a new educational and community center for East Helena.
A State-of-the-Art High School
Following the planning effort, the school was designed for 600+ students as a Class A school.
Equipped with flexible, 21st century spaces, a multi-use commons/cafeteria and adjoining stage, a competition gym and auxiliary gym, fine and performing arts programs, Career Technical Education spaces, and state-of-the-art educational spaces, the new school opened its doors in August 2020.
Welcoming & Flexible Communities
With flexibility for the present and future in mind, the school is composed of large and small community areas and shared spaces that are linked together by classrooms and corridors.
Home-like “front porch” and “back porch” areas link the core of the school which is composed of the commons, main office and library.
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