Rattlesnake Elementary closed Monday because of heating problem

2014-02-10T06:00:00Z 2014-10-19T08:11:17Z Rattlesnake Elementary closed Monday because of heating problemBy DILLON KATO of the Missoulian missoulian.com
February 10, 2014 6:00 am  • 

Rattlesnake Elementary School has canceled school on Monday because of issues with the building’s heating system.

In an email sent to parents Sunday, Jerry Seidensticker, Rattlesnake’s principal, said students should not come to school on Monday, and that staff will be meeting to help determine the exact problem and decide what steps to take moving forward.

The school will meet with a mechanical engineer and the fire marshal to examine other heating options, Seidensticker wrote.

Other Missoula County Public Schools will be open as usual on Monday.

Seidensticker could not be reached for comment Sunday but Heather Davis-Schmidt, Missoula County Public Schools executive director for region 2, which includes Rattlesnake, said the school is not sure at this point what the underlying issue is. Davis-Schmidt would not say if classes at Rattlesnake could be canceled past Monday.

“We’re not willing to say that’s a possibility at this time,” she said, adding Rattlesnake school officials would know more after meeting Monday morning.

Davis-Schmidt said she appreciates the patience of parents as the school works through this issue. “We will do everything necessary to make sure students are safe,” she said.

MCPS will be posting updates on the situation online at www.mcpsmt.org and Missoula County Public Schools Facebook page.

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    prescottschool_since1893 - February 09, 2014 1:06 pm
    If Prescott School were available to public school students as it was before Missoula International School took advantage of disloyal MCPS Trustees some of the students could go to Prescott for the day or for however long it will take to get the boiler fixed.

    The district needs to just take care of regular and the normal maintenance issues before it talks about doing 17 million dollar remodeling projects.

    The district and the facility committee meetings are not credible as the district is not including Prescott School in the conversation of education within the Rattlesnake Valley.

    Leaving Prescott School, a school serving the Rattlesnake since 1893 reveals that the facility plan is a sham.

    I believe that Prescott is being left out of the conversation because the district wants a new school and selling Prescott to the private school - they say that there will be an open process but we all know how that worked for the Roosevelt School/St. Josephs School sale. The sale was rushed, under a devalued lease to St. Josephs, sold at a sweetheart price, and did not take into account of the needs of the MCPS district.

    Many of the plans talked about in this plan have been discussed for years since 2004 so this facility plan is "same old, same old".

    It is my firm belief that the 2004 school closures, closing all 3 schools, Rattlesnake Middle School, Mt. Jumbo, and Prescott were to make it possible for Missoula International School to lease Prescott.

    I say this after observing this situation over the past 13 years. It is also my firm belief that Roosevelt School was closed to make it possible for the Catholic Schools Association to buy Roosevelt School. Just look at the time lines. Look at who all the players are. Look into the people's past associations which have played a role in these public school/private school lease and sale transactions. Other people have told me things along the way that corroborate my thinking on this issue.

    Again, if Prescott School was being occupied, as well at Mt. Jumbo, perhaps these schools could be used in this situation.

    Please go to www.prescottschoolmissoula.blogspot.com for info on the corruption of the school board as it relates to education in the Rattlesnake.
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