Muldown Elementary: Meeting the Needs of Our Kids
After nearly a year of intense research, in March 2017 the Muldown Taskforce recommended rebuilding Muldown Elementary School in Whitefish, Montana as the best option for addressing the critical upgrades needed. In May, the Whitefish School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a bond initiative of $26.5 million to be put before District voters in order to build a new Muldown Elementary School. The bond vote is scheduled for October 3, 2017.
Listen to teachers and administrators who work in the aging school describe their difficulties. The full-length version of this video can be viewed here.
Muldown is the largest elementary school in Montana, currently serving approximately 690 students in grades K-4. Muldown was built in 1966, with a major renovation completed in 1992. But for the past 25 years, the school has remained relatively unchanged and is now overcrowded and faces major structural issues. The 50-year-old heating system is failing and roof trusses cannot adequately support snow loads, necessitating that the snow be cleared after every snowstorm. Many parts of the building lack insulation and vapor barriers, and there are frequent leaks and drastic temperature fluctuations.