Learn the state of St. Helens city, school services
How is the city of St. Helens doing? Should the St. Helens School District float a bond measure in the May 2020 election to upgrade St. Helens High School?
Citizens can ask these and other questions directly to Mayor Rick Scholl, school Superintendent Scot Stockwell and other leaders at the annual State of the City event from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, at St. Helens Middle School.
Scholl and Stockwell will give brief updates about the past year's accomplishments as well as challenges and goals for 2020. City of St. Helens department directors scheduled to speak include St. Helens Police Chief Brian Greenway, Interim Public Works Director Sue Nelson, Library Director Margaret Jefferies, Recreation Manager Shanna Duggan and City Administrator John Walsh.
Citizens will be able to ask questions to all officials and talk with them one-on-one, said Rachael Barry, city government affairs and project support specialist.
A follow-up survey will be available after the presentations. The event is family friendly and light refreshments will be served.
Stockwell will discuss the district's mission of "Strengthening Community through Exceptional Schools" to meet the needs of, as he describes it, "the whole child." He will also talk about key components of the district's initiative to plan a bond measure of about $63
million for the May 2020 Primary Election to conduct a remodeling of St. Helens High School.
About 25 community members attended a St. Helens School Board work session Wednesday that included a Soderstrom Architects presentation of specific options for the remodeling.
The session then broke into small groups with attendees discussing individual components and their costs and benefits.
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