On Tuesday November 7th, the results of Buffalo’s most recent election came in. “The Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School Board has called for a bond referendum on Nov. 7, 2023, to improve security, building integrity and efficiency,” was the part of the pre-election message BHM put on its website. The total bond amount requested was $41.5 million.This was a unique situation, as approval of the bond referendum would not raise taxes, because of debts that will soon be paid off. This means new projects could be started without asking more from taxpayers. 64% of voters voted yes, meaning the bond referendum was approved.
Security improvements will be the addition of secure entrances at the middle and high school, and an automated door system that will allow all exterior doors to be locked simultaneously at five schools, including both the middle school and high school.
Facility improvements will include replacing steam systems with hot water systems, upgrading equipment, PAC equipment and various roof sections will be replaced, adding dehumidification
capabilities to various areas – including activity spaces; where necessary, classrooms in all buildings will be updated with appropriate acoustic walls and re-configured to allow for contemporary teaching methods emphasizing collaboration rather than lectures. These upgrades will take place over the next three summers, from June 2024 – August 2026.