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Butte voters approve $35m school upgrades

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BUTTE- School District No. 1. officials are celebrating the approval of a $35 million bond they say will improve safety at elementary and middle schools.

The Butte School District No. 1 bond issue was passed on Tuesday night, 65 to 35 percent.

The bond will allow for upgrades to Butte's elementary schools and middle school, with an emphasis on safety.

"We really shouldn't pick and choose safety," says Butte Superintendent Judy Jonart. "This is going to allow us if I'm up at, say, Emerson Elementary and I need a new P.A system or broadcasting system, we can get that because it's a critical part of safety."

The safety upgrades will include surveillance cameras and one entry point into each school. 

Jonart said she wanted to thank the voters of Silver Bow County for helping the Butte schools.

"Our kids deserve this, it's a step forward. We were well served for the last 61 years with those buildings, and it's time now for the future," said Jonart.

East Middle School will receive infrastructure upgrades to its locker rooms, bathrooms and ventilation system. Jonart said they plan to add more science labs to the school to allow for better science courses.

The middle school will also be upgraded with suites for students with disabilities. This will allow for more individualized learning for each student. "That is such a huge piece to this, and I'm so thrilled about that," said Jonart.

Jonart said their goal is to begin the upgrades in spring 2019 and completed by summer 2020 - weather and worker availability permitting.

She says they'll also work to keep the public updated. 

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