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Feb 27, 2013 9:24 PM by Jill Valley - MTN News

Bill to allow for new Missoula high school fails

HELENA - It came close, but a bill that would have allowed Missoula's Hellgate school in Missoula to become the fourth largest class "A" high school in the state failed to get out of the Montana Senate on Wednesday.

The measure would have allowed the three large independent elementary schools in Montana to ask voters if they would support expanding the K-8 school to include high school. Hellgate Elementary School, Lockwood and East Helena are the three districts in the state that are large enough.

"The opportunity to have a child educated in a smaller high school gathering where there can be more individualized and personalized education and with more knowledge by the teacher toward the students, it think is a huge plus, the key idea is for kids to find an academic home and feel like they belong. That's what we want for our kids," Hellgate Superintendent Doug Reisig said.

Supporters are hopeful the idea could be resurrected in the future.

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