Pictured is Winifred Public School in Winifred, Mont.

Native of small town in Montana donates $40 million for school renovation

May 6, 2021
Norman Asbjornson's donation will double the original size of Winifred's K-12 campus.

A native of Winifred, Mont., has donated $40 million to renovate the town's K-12 school campus.

KRTV-TV reports that the project is the initiative of Norman Asbjornson, who grew up in Winifred and went on to found HVAC company AAON.

“I’m more than capable financially of doing a significant contribution, and I said, ‘Well, if you’re committed to it, then I’ll dial in,'"  says Asbjornson. "And if we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it right."

The Winifred School will receive high-tech upgrades and renovations that will double the school’s original size. Upgrades to the K–12 school will include lab spaces, a woodworking area, an agricultural science space, a car repair space, and a full-size gym featuring an indoor track.

The school’s new layout is meant to encourage collaboration and encourage an active learning environment with multidisciplinary work spaces.

The architect is A&E Design.

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