As government entities everywhere have demonstrated, failing to plan for future infrastructure needs now can result in dire consequences later.
Take Helena Public Schools, for example, which has put off its maintenance needs for so long that property owners are likely facing sizeable tax hikes just to bring local school buildings up to par.
But East Helena Public Schools officials are doing what they can to avoid writing another cautionary tale.
“If we learn from history — which I hope we do because there’s no sense in teaching it in school if we don’t — the history would say that in the next 50 years you’re going to need three more school buildings,” East Helena Public Schools Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer said.
“Well, where are you going to put those school buildings?” he asked.
Dartman field appears to be the best answer.