Ballots due for Stevensville School bonds

Posted at 9:57 PM, May 06, 2019

STEVENSVILLE – Stevensville School supporters are making one last push reminding  voters to cast ballots for a pair of bond proposals critical for safety and operational upgrades.

There are two bonds on this ballot, depending on where you live. There’s a $6.3 million elementary school bond, and $14.1 million high school bond. Voters in the Lone Rock area are only casting votes on the high school bond.

The proposals would pay for safety and security upgrades across the Stevensville campus, and repairs to existing facilities and systems like heating and lighting, some of which date back to the late 1950s.

But the bonds would also allow for a reconfiguration of the campus, providing better parking and traffic flow, and converting unused spaces into new classrooms.

School supporters have been out in force reminding people to vote — and that appears to be working. Superintendent Bob Moore says more than 3,300 ballots had been returned as of Monday morning, which is 500 more than last year when a previous proposal narrowly failed.

We’ve passed the point where mailed ballots will make it back in time to be tallied. However, elections officials say you can still drop them off Tuesday before 8 pm at the Stevensville Schools K-8 gym on Phillips Street or at the Ravalli County Courthouse.