City of Helena donates $40,000 to area schools

Helena Mayor Mark Hall presents Helena Elementary School Principal Mary Cooper, Helena High School Assistant Principal April Brand, Helena Intermediate Principal Kathy Paiml and Helena Middle School Principal Scott Knight each $10,000 checks to use toward their schools general funds. (Reporter Photo/Graham Brooks)

Helena Mayor Mark Hall presents Helena Elementary School Principal Mary Cooper, Helena High School Assistant Principal April Brand, Helena Intermediate Principal Kathy Paiml and Helena Middle School Principal Scott Knight each $10,000 checks to use toward their schools general funds. (Reporter Photo/Graham Brooks)

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–The four Helena schools were each presented with $10,000 checks on Monday, May 4 at the Helena Council Meeting to use towards their general funds.

Administrators from Helena Elementary School, Helena Intermediate School, Helena Middle School and Helena High School attended the council meeting to collect the checks to use toward their respective schools.

“We do this each year out of the discretionary one cent tax fund,” said Helena Mayor Mark Hall. “The funds are distributed back to the schools for their general fund for whatever they choose.”

This is something the city of Helena does every year and the rest of the Helena Council members were all grateful and appreciative of all the hard work and dedication the administrators and teachers put into making Helena a great place for kids to get an education.

“One main reason we have people move to the city of Helena is because of our schools,” said Councilwoman Cris Nelson. “That’s because of the four of y’all and the staff that you have and the students that you have and we’re just so very proud to be able to say that we have a wonderful school system and y’all bend over backwards for those kids.”

Those accepting the checks were Helena Elementary School Principal Mary Cooper, Helena Intermediate Principal Kathy Paiml, Helena Middle School Principal Scott Knight and Helena High School Assistant Principal April Brand.