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The Missoula Organization of REALTORS® today announced its support for this fall’s Missoula County school facilities bonds. The 20-year bonds of $88 million for elementary schools and $70 million for Missoula County high schools will repair and replace aging school buildings, enhance technology in the classroom and renovate existing schools to reduce overcrowding and meet growing enrollment.
MOR represents more than 500 Missoula real estate professionals. MOR president Mike Nugent noted that schools are among the first things prospective homebuyers ask REALTORS® about. In announcing support for the school bonds, MOR joins the nearly 400 businesses, organizations and community leaders who have endorsed the measure.
“Safe, modern, accessible schools with plenty of room to learn are so important,” he said. “Buyers coming to Missoula want to know that the community is vested in every child’s education, and that a child’s opportunity to learn in a dynamic and consistent environment exists no matter what area of town they choose.”
The school bond election is an all-mail ballot election. Ballots are mailed in mid-October and due November 3. Missoula passed its last comprehensive school facilities bond in 1952.
“It’s time to fix all of our schools – to invest in our kids, Missoula County and our future. It’s the responsible thing to do,” said Susan Hay Patrick, Chair of Invest in Missoula Schools, the citizens committee supporting the bonds. “We are excited to see such broad support for our schools – from businesses, labor and really the whole community.”
“We are especially excited about enhancing high-speed internet capabilities our kids’ classrooms,” Nugent said. “Technology has transformed every profession – including real estate – and it’s vital that we prepare today’s young people for tomorrow’s professions. True quality, high-speed internet is essential.”
Nugent said supporting the school bond is an extension of the mission of MOR’s charitable organization, MOR4Kids. Since 2011, MOR4Kids has helped needy and at-risk children in Missoula by providing shoes, coats, school supplies, toiletries, basic food items and gas cards to children and families. MOR4Kids works directly with resource specialists throughout the district.
“Caring about kids and families and getting them the services they need doesn’t end when the school day ends,” Nugent said. “MOR4Kids is something many dedicated REALTORS® have worked on, largely under the radar, and it helps the Missoula-area children who need the help the most.”
Voters can learn more about the school bonds and sign up to get involved at www.YesForMissoulaSchools.org.