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Data, emotion are big factors in Helena school closure discussions

April 17, 2014View for printing

Data, data, data was the mantra for the first several meetings of the Helena school bond work group.

However, after broaching the topic of school closures earlier this week, members of the committee are giving emotion a seat at the table.

"It's easier if you're an outsider ... to say we need to close," said Jefferson Elementary teacher Sherri Haller. "It is a very emotional decision and you really can't remove that. As much as people just want to look at data, it's really impossible to do."

By DEREK BROUWER Independent Record

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