East Helena breaks ground on new high school site

By Tyler Manning, Excerpt from the Helena Independent Record 

EHHS Groundbreaking

Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer (right) thanks the crowd at last year’s groundbreaking ceremony for East Helena High School. He was joined by members of the East Helena school board. TYLER MANNING

The East Helena community broke ground at the site of the upcoming East Helena High School on Monday.

The building, designed by SMA Architects, is set to open in fall 2020. Dick Anderson Construction will begin site prep as early as next week, according to school district superintendent Ron Whitmoyer.

“This school stands for something that is unique about this community,” Whitmoyer said. “And what education is all about.”

Whitmoyer said the school is representative of the East Helena community’s pride. He hoped that the sunny weather during groundbreaking will be an omen of good success for the school.

The school will be an official breakaway from the Helena school district for the community. Traditionally, East Helena students received their elementary education in East Helena before traveling to Helena for high school. With 110 students already signing up for East Helena High, Whitmoyer is excited to start a new journey with the community.