Herald JournalHerald Journal, June 13, 2005

New school in future for Montrose

By Liz Hellmann
Staff Writer

Property bought by the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District in Montrose is waiting to fulfill its new purpose of providing a new school to help accommodate the growing number of students in the area.

A bond referendum passed in 2003 allowed the district to purchase the 17,600-acre farm, on the corner of Wright County Roads 12 and 107, for $1.2 million.

“The property is big enough to hold an elementary school or a middle school, but not a high school,” community partnerships/communications coordinator Laura Barta said.

The sale of the property was finalized in February and made public in March. The plan is to have building committees start meeting in the next year or two, and discuss possible building plans.

The district is growing in size as people continue to follow Interstate 394 west, to live in communities such as Montrose.

The status of student growth in the district needs to be assessed, along with an evaluation of the district’s current needs.

“Right now in the district, it looks like we are going to be growing by 250 students per year. By 2009, we will need to have either a new elementary or middle school,” Barta said.

Currently, there is a house located on the farmland, which will be sold in two years, with the piece of land it is located on.

The 2003 bond referendum also allowed the district to purchase land in Hanover, build additions to the Buffalo high school and middle school and Montrose and Hanover elementary schools, and build a new Buffalo elementary school.

Additions to the existing Montrose elementary school are scheduled to be finished Aug. 1.

These additions include two new classrooms, Early Childhood Family Education space, health office, conference room, multi-purpose and gym space, and changes to the music room and kitchen.

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