This is what the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) wrote about Montana schools in their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card.
"Montana has over 2,000 school buildings that 144,129 students attend. 68% of these schools were built prior to 1970. 40% of Montana’s schools have fewer than 50 students, and others range from remote, one-room schoolhouses to larger community schools stretched to capacity. A 2008 assessment reported that $903 Million was needed to bring all Montana facilities to good condition. A bottom-to-top statewide school facilities review revealed that 66% of schools showed signs of damage and wear, as well as environmental needs such as HVAC, roof, and electrical issues. Recent energy conservation efforts have begun to curb some energy costs. However, available grant funding was not enough to address incomplete exterior wall insulation, a deficiency in 43% of schools, and incomplete roof insulation, a deficiency in 48% of schools. Montana’s children deserve safe, healthy schools in which they can focus their efforts on learning."
You can read what the ASCE engineers have to say about the condition of other parts of Montana's aging infrastructure -- the wastewater systems, dams, drinking water, irrigation canals and waterways, transportation, transit and solid waste systems -- at the links provided below.
Thanks to the Republican controlled 2017 Montana State Legislature, none of these systems or buildings will be repaired or upgraded.
Read more at:http://www.infrastructure...ucture.pdfhttp://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/