Press Releases

Newspapers

What the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District considers to be newsworthy for the local and surrounding area newspapers. BHM submits press releases to the Wright County Journal-Press, North Crow River River and The Delano Herald Journal. Hurry, hurry and read all about it!

Bob Sansevere
Tuesday Sep 27, 16

School Board Appoints Vacant Seat to Bob Sansevere

Using an application and interview process, the BHM School Board selected Bob Sansevere to replace outgoing board member Jeff Trout. Trout announced in August that he would be leaving the board because his family moved just outside the district boundary, thus making him ineligible to continue serving on the board. He did note however that his children will continue to attend BHM Schools through open enrollment.

Katie Gohl
Tuesday Aug 9, 16

Katie Gohl is Named New BHS Assistant Principal

During a special school board meeting on Monday, August 8, the board approved the appointment of Katie Gohl as the new Buffalo High School (BHS) Assistant Principal. This is a new assistant principal position due to the reallocation of two positions-the Phoenix Learning Center (PLC) Coordinator and the administrative assistant position at BHS. The PLC Coordinator position is now part-time (BHS Assistant Principal Kris Thompson has taken on those new responsibilities) and the administrative assistant position now has assistant principal duties.

Thursday Jun 30, 16

BHM Schools Named a Star Tribune Top 150 Workplace in Minnesota

Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. The Top Workplaces special section was published in the Star Tribune on Sunday, June 26. The report can also be found at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2016.

Amy Green, New SPED Director
Friday May 8, 15

Amy Green Appointed Special Education Director effective July 1, 2015

The BHM Board of Education approved the appointment of Amy Green as Special Education Director at their April 27th meeting.  Amy is currently the Assistant Director for the Sherburne Northern Wright Special Education Cooperative.  Amy will begin in the district on July 1, 2015.

MCA Scores are In
Tuesday Sep 9, 14

2014 MCA Scores are In

Grade 5 Ranks in the Top 25% in Reading and Math

The Minnesota Department of Education recently released results from the 2014 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA-III).  When compared to 2013, scores across the state are slightly higher in all subjects (mathematics, reading and science).  BHM students continued to score above state averages at most grades and subjects.

School Board Determines a Bond Election is Needed this November
Wednesday Aug 13, 14

School Board Determines a Bond Election is Needed this November

At a special board meeting on Monday, August 11, the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose (BHM) School Board announced their decision to place a bond question on the November 4, 2014 general election ballot. This decision came after months and months of research and discussions with staff and district administrators.

School Board Appoints Vacant Seat to Stan Vander Kooi
Wednesday Aug 13, 14

School Board Appoints Vacant Seat to Stan Vander Kooi

Using an application and interview process, the BHM School Board selected Stan Vander Kooi to replace outgoing board member Dean Perry. Perry announced in June his decision to step-down from the board stating that he wasn't able to dedicate as much time as he felt was needed to serve on the board.

BHM Schools Named Top 100 Places to Work by Star Tribune for 2014
Friday Jun 20, 14

BHM Schools Named Top 100 Places to Work by Star Tribune for 2014

Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools (BHM) has been named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. The Top Workplaces special section was published in the Star Tribune on Sunday, June 15. The report can also be found at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2014.

Brad Koltes Hired as the New Buffalo High School Assistant Principal
Friday Jun 20, 14

Brad Koltes Hired as the New Buffalo High School Assistant Principal

During a special school board meeting on Monday, June 9, the board approved the appointment of Brad Koltes as the new Buffalo High School (BHS) Assistant Principal. Koltes will replace Brandon Prell who was in the position for the last seven years.  

Friday Aug 30, 13

Over $1.158 Million in Revenue for the District Beginning in 2015

Board Approved Referendum Authority

The 2013 Legislature has now authorized school boards the ability to convert up to $300 per adjusted pupil unit (APU) of voter approved referendum authority to board approved authority for fiscal 2015 and beyond. This authority can be applicable for up to five years and would begin with taxes payable in calendar 2014.

School Board Approves John Heltunen as the New Director of Buildings and Grounds
Wednesday Aug 14, 13

School Board Approves John Heltunen as the New Director of Buildings and Grounds

School is just a couple weeks away from starting and John Heltunen has just been named the new BHM Buildings and Grounds Director. The school board approved his appointment at their Monday, August 12 board meeting. He replaces Eric Hamilton, who has worked in the district for the past 15 years, who took a buildings and grounds director position in the Edina Public Schools. Hamilton will continue to oversee summer projects as they come to an end to help with the transition. Heltunen starts in BHM Schools on Thursday, August 29.

Shawn Gombos, Northwinds Elementary Principal
Tuesday Jul 9, 13

BHM Welcomes New Northwinds Elementary Principal Shawn Gombos

Beginning July 11, 2013, Ms. Shawn Gombos will enter Northwinds Elementary as the new principal. Gombos replaces Dawn Wiegand who will take a principal position in Mounds View.

Thursday May 30, 13

Decades of Leadership will be Missed

2013 BHM Retirements

This year, 15 individuals, from all areas of the district, will retire from BHM Schools. Combined, they have provided over 440 years of service to the district. Click to read more and to see the full photo.

Thursday May 30, 13

School Board Committed to Class Size Reduction

In an announcement at the May 28 school board meeting, the board will spend $1 million from the general fund balance, over the next three years, to primarily help reduce class sizes and solidify additional mental health services for students. This comes at a time when the board believes they are in a good financial position to make some changes. Click to read more....

Thursday May 30, 13

All-Day, Every Day Kindergarten (ADEDK)

Free Beginning in 2014-15

Superintendent Scott Thielman had a discussion with the school board at their regular board meeting on Monday, May 28, about the possibility of offering all-day, every day kindergarten (ADEDK) free to parents for the 2013-14 school year. Click to read more...

Mat Nelson
Tuesday Apr 9, 13

Two for One

Mat Nelson is Hired as the Next Discovery Elementary Principal and BHM Technology Director

Mat Nelson will hit the ground running on July 1, 2013 as he takes on the new position of Discovery Elementary Principal and District Technology Director. Nelson replaces Rick Toso who has been serving as the Discovery administrator for the last two years and Ed Cox who has been serving as the interim technology director since September 2012.

School Board Appoints Vacant Seat to Ken Ogden
Tuesday Apr 9, 13

School Board Appoints Vacant Seat to Ken Ogden

Using an application and interview process, the BHM School Board selected Ken Ogden to replace outgoing board member Dave Wilson. Wilson announced in February of his decision to step-down from the board stating that he wanted to focus more on work and family.

Dawn Wiegand
Tuesday Mar 27, 12

Dawn Wiegand Appointed as Northwinds Elementary Principal

Dawn Wiegand, current principal at Oak Park Elementary in Stillwater, MN, was offered and accepted the Northwinds Elementary Principal position.  Ms. Wiegand will replace Gail Feneis, who will end her 39-year career with BHM schools this year. 

Tony Steffes
Tuesday Mar 27, 12

Tony Steffes Appointed as Montrose Elementary Principal

Tony Steffes will replace Gary Theis, who will end his 41-year career with BHM Schools this year.  Tony is currently serving as the Intermediate Elementary Principal and High School Activities Director for the Montgomery-Lonsdale Public schools.  

Property Tax Statements
Wednesday Nov 23, 11

State Shift of $261 Million Causes Confusion on School Portion of Property Tax Statements

The release of property tax statements (Truth in Taxation Statement) and the approval of the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District (BHM) levy renewal on Election Day November 8, 2011, are causing some confusion among school district residents. And for good reason, it's confusing! School finances and taxes are never an easy topic to explain.