Dartman Field and facilities plan on East Helena Schools Monday night agenda

By Marga Lincoln, Excerpt from the Helena Independent Record 

An update on East Helena School District’s purchase and sale agreement for Dartman Field, a 50-acre parcel contiguous to Radley School, is on the agenda for the board of trustees meeting 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, at East Valley Middle School.

“It is simply an update on the status of the process,” said Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer. “How close we are to closing.”

The field, which is contaminated with lead from historic smelting operations, is being donated to the district by the Montana Environmental Trust Group and will require remediation.

The school district has applied for a grant to clean it up and “make it suitable for students,” said Whitmoyer.

Although the land is being donated, the district will be paying $90,000 to cover legal, technical, managerial and third-party costs.

Whitmoyer predicts the agreement could be signed any time before the end of the summer, but he has no firm date.

The 50-acre parcel is intended to accommodate the district’s expansion needs for the next 40 to 50 years, according to information in previous IR articles.

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