Winter Weather Reminder
Students can enter buildings and go to class starting at 8:15am. Doors open at 7:45am for students eating school breakfast.
Students can expect to be outside before school and during recess unless the weather poses a health risk (temperature or wind chill below 0°F or severe rain, wind or snow).
If weather conditions are below 0°F when dropping off your student please have student check with an outside aide or with appropriate school office for gathering place. Please drive slowly in the drop off/pick up areas and parking lot. When visiting/walking on campus please be careful in the slippery areas.
Remember to dress your student with gloves, hat, winter coats and boots.
Holiday Concert Schedule
K-4 Tuesday, December 10 - 6:30 PM, Lower Gym
5-8 Wednesday, December 11 - 6:30 PM, Lower Gym
All Lolo School students will learn and apply clearly identified essential skills and concepts.
“Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow!”
NEW SCHOOL UPDATE - NOVEMBER 2013
The bond issue for a new Farm Lane K-4 Elementary School failed by only 43 votes – now what?
Lolo School greatly respects all those who voted yes or no on the bond issue and appreciate the high voter turnout. Lolo School has received substantial specific feedback from the Lolo Community input session, board meetings and one to one conversations after the failure of the bond. The overwhelming majority of people (including some of those who voted no) have asked for some clarification on aspects of the proposal and are hoping the Board will opt for a second try at a bond proposal for a new K-4 elementary school.
What specific clarifications have been requested by Lolo Community Members?
- Why the critical need for a new school? Safety, security, space, scholastics and success through responsible use of taxpayer money. See our website for details: www.lolo.k12.mt.us or call us at 273-0451.
- Would the new school be an “entire school?” Yes. Lolo School currently operates with a K-4 elementary and a 5-8 middle school. The proposed Farm Lane elementary school would be an entire K-4 elementary school. The proposed adjustments to the existing school would be for an entire 5-8 middle school primarily located in the newer, middle level buildings.
- Why not ask for more money in the bond proposal and build an entire K-8 facility on Farm Lane? By law, school districts are limited in how much they can request in a bond issue based on the value of the school district’s community tax base. Thus, Lolo School could not have asked for much more than it did in its initial proposal. Nor would the Lolo taxpayers likely have wanted to pay for the tax amount that would have been required for both a new elementary AND new middle school.
- Why not build it with cheaper materials for less money? While the Board does NOT want a “Cadillac” facility, it does want a facility that will not wear out quickly and create more problems in the near future. Some of the current buildings are examples of cheap construction that have resulted in ongoing maintenance and wear/tear issues. The goal is for solid, practical, not fancy, and flexible design for current and future use/needs. The proposed project cost/square foot is actually on the lower end of national or regional cost per square foot averages– and much cheaper than what square footage costs would be for remodeling the existing campus.
- Why not just fix the problems in the lower building rather than building something new? The projected cost to replace the 1950 boiler, improve the wiring and plumbing, install fire suppression, and install an air/ventilation (HVAC) system would cost an estimated half million dollars. The Board does NOT want to spend a half million dollars on a building whose structure is already worn out and has numerous other problems. It is fiscally more responsible to build new.
- What are examples of how the security would be improved at the existing campus for the 5-8 middle school? The current need to walk outside to access a wide range of student services would be hugely decreased because the 5-8 classes and offices would all be housed in the middle buildings which have inner hallway access throughout the buildings. Also, a more obvious and safer student and visitor entrance would be installed for the middle buildings. The lower loop and the hill drive drop off/pick up areas would accommodate the greatly decreased traffic loads.
- Would school start times be adjusted to accommodate for parent/student drop offs at both schools? Yes.
- Would there be enough room for parents to drop off/pick up students at the new school? Yes. The new school would have a substantial entryway which would allow for parents to pull off of Farm Lane in order to drop off/pick up their students.
- Would the bond issue’s annual tax amount remain the same for the 20 year bond period? No. Historically, the bond issue tax has continually decreased from year to year. Example – the annual tax payment for a $100,000 home for the 1993 bond issue for the 3-story building was only $7 in its last year!
- Would building a new school require more teachers or administrators? No. Schedules would be adjusted so that those teachers who serve all K-8 students would be able to travel between the two schools.
- Would building a new school require more custodians or food service people? Approximately one additional food service person and a half-time custodial maintenance person would need to be added.
- Would there be sidewalks located along Farm Lane? Just as we have in the past for streets leading to the existing campus, we have been and would continue to be working with the county, state and federal government to obtain their support in completing the already partially side-walked Farm Lane. We have similarly been and would be working with Montana Rail Link for improvements to the railroad crossing should the bond issue pass.
- Is the school pursuing grant assistance to help with the funding of the new elementary school/adjustments for the middle school? Yes. Lolo School is currently pursuing a MT Department of Commerce “Quality Schools” grant to help with the middle school adjustments and is actively searching for other possible grant opportunities.
- Would the previous grant-funded access improvements (loop, sidewalks) be used for the existing campus’ middle school? Absolutely! The loop and sidewalks are critical for vehicle and pedestrian access to the existing campus! Given the 5-8 middle school would be located on the existing campus for many years to come, the grant-funded improvements have been and will continue to be vital to the safety and security of the community and school.
When might the second bond issue be run?
The Board is contemplating either a mail ballot election this coming February/March or next fall. It will make that decision soon.
Will the amount requested be more, the same or less?
The Board is analyzing the potential bond issue amount and should decide soon. The historically low current interest rates on bonds have stabilized. Thus, running a bond issue is actually more favorable NOW than it was in August aside from the inflationary costs that will be an issue given the delayed project. The preliminary reviews from the architect and general contractor still indicate our budget would be tight and challenging, and this will be the determining factor on the value requested.
When would the proposed Farm Lane K-4 Elementary School and the remodeled 5-8 Middle School be available for use?
Fall of 2016 (as opposed to the previous Fall of 2015 due to the delay in passing the bond issue).
When are the next Board meetings regarding the bond issue proposal?
Thursday, November 14 at 7pm, and December 9 at 7pm.
Questions? Contact the school at 273-0451. Thank you!
See the Proposed New K-4 Facility tab at the top of the page to view the Lolo School Bond Issue Project Summary - square footage cost estimate.
NEW LOLO K4 SCHOOL BOND ISSUE ELECTION!
NEW LOLO K-4 SCHOOL
BOND ISSUE ELECTION!
· Mail Ballot Election
· Mailed out September 12
· Must be received back by October 1
Why a bond request?
5 Critical Priorities need to be addressed:
For detailed information on the priorities go to the Proposed New K4 tab in the menu bar at the top of the page.
WHAT does a student receive if he/she attends Lolo School?
- Over 100 Lolo School employees, a school board, and numerous volunteers dedicated to creating and/or providing a quality learning environment.
- A school whose Mission is for all students to learn and apply clearly identified essential skills and concepts.
- A school which works as a Professional Learning Community emphasizing continuous collaboration to improve learning for all students and adults.
- A school where Students are expected to achieve their maximum potential as successful individuals and collaborative learners.
- A school where Students are expected to take ownership and responsibility for their own learning.
- A school where Students act with self-discipline and respect.
- A school where Students exhibit a commitment to learning.
- A school where Students practice school and community volunteerism.
A school where Parents support learning by
- Promoting open lines of respectful and effective communication
- Collaboratively share skills and life experiences
- Encourage life-long appreciation for learning
- Model civic duty and volunteerism
- Work cooperatively with Lolo School
- Provide a safe environment for all
- A school staff which endeavors to create and utilize intervention strategies which help meet individual student learning needs.
- A school staff which emphasizes safety for its students and staff.
- A school staff which regularly collects, analyzes and uses various data to make decisions for continual improvement.
- A school which believes in continual professional development.
- A school facility which endeavors to provides a safe and responsive educational environment.
- A chance for students to learn, develop and exhibit appropriate social skills and consciousness.
- An entire school community which CARES.
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District Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Elementary School Office Hours*
7:45 am - 4:15 pm
Middle School Offices Hours*
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
* These offices are open at the posted times when school is in session.
(406) 273 - 0451
Middle School Office:
(406) 273 - 6141
(406) 273 - 6686
Wednesday, December 4 - 6:00 pm
Regular Board Meeting
IMPORTANT SCHOOL DATES:
PTSA Meeting -Wednesday, December 4- 7:00 pm Upper Conference Room (see PTSA tab on the left for more PTSA news)
Holiday Concerts - Grades K-4, Tuesday, December 10 - 6:30 PM, Lower Gym
Grades 5-8, Wednesday, December 11 - 6:30 PM, Lower Gym
Booster Club Meeting - Monday, December 16 - 7:00 pm Lower Conference Room
2:00 Dismissals for December - 5, 12, 19
11:30 Dismissal for December - 20
WINTER BREAK - December 23-January 3 (school resumes on January 6)
* Times are subject to change - please contact the School or watch the School reader board.
Advantages/Reasons for Lolo School’s further adoption of the Standards Based Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment System
A few years ago Lolo School took an important first step in providing students, parents and teachers with expanded and critical information regarding a student’s educational progress. It adjusted its . . . (for more click here)