A District-Wide Makeover

In 2015, the Kalispell School District put forth two bond requests—one for the elementary district and one for the high school district—in response to rising enrollment, overcapacity, and aging facilities. These bonds requested funding to address issues at every building in the district—five elementary schools and all high school buildings, including the Flathead High School expansion project.

The two requests represented the largest combined ballot request in the history of the Kalispell School District 5, and would bring all schools up to code, safety, and security standards and build a new elementary school to solve overcrowding in the district.

Both bond measures passed, and the district selected Morrison-Maierle to serve as the prime design consultant and the engineering team for the long-term facility planning process. As the prime consultant, Morrison-Maierle was tasked with recommending an architectural firm—a unique turn of events as typically engineers are hired by architects for school building projects.