Three Missoula County Public Schools elementary schools will end the school year one day early due to bond-funded construction at their campus. Hawthorne, Lewis and Clark and Russell Elementary schools will hold their last day of school on Thursday, June 7, 2018. School will dismiss at normal times – 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. on that day.
Each of these three schools will experience significant construction this summer that requires teachers and staff to pack up classrooms and move them to temporary storage or to other areas in the building. All three schools will be moving their main office location as well as renovating interiors and adding square footage for classrooms and project-based learning spaces.
Construction projects across the community are on scheduled to be complete by September 2020, with ten major projects in process during the summer of 2018 at Hellgate and Sentinel High schools, Willard Alternative High School Program, Washington Middle school, Meadow Hill Middle school, Russell, Jeannette Rankin, Lewis and Clark and Hawthorne Elementary schools and the MCPS Ag Center. Since 2016, Missoula County Public Schools and local construction companies have been working hard on Smart Schools 2020 projects across the community. The construction and capital improvement projects are funded by an $88 million elementary district bond and a $70 million high school district bond approved by voters on November 3, 2015. All architects, designers and contractors are selected via a public bidding and evaluation a process governed by state statute. Information related to project timelines, project teams, design information and bidding requests for project partners is on the District website at www.mcpsmt.org.