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Columbia Falls seeking school levy to address building issues

Posted at 9:15 AM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 11:15:45-05
Glacier Gateway Elementary School
Glacier Gateway Elementary School in Columbia Falls (MTN News photo)

COLUMBIA FALLS – The Columbia Fall’s School District is weighing several options as two of their schools are in desperate need of renovations.

Leaking pipes, old heating units and bad roofs are just some of the issues Glacier Gateway and Ruder elementary schools face.

Columbia Falls Schools Superintendent Steve Bradshaw told MTN News security issues are the main concern for the district’s schools.

He went on to explain how the buildings would handle an active shooter. But right now, both schools have lots of doors and long hallways, which would make locking down the buildings almost impossible.

“We would like to get to the point where we can lock down portions of our buildings a bit faster because at this point we have no way to lock down our buildings,” Bradshaw said.

The school district is hoping a new bond will be approved by voters so that the security issues can be addressed.

The current bond has taxpayers are paying around $80 per year and the new one would cost around $210 in taxes per year.