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Chickasha school patrons pass $2.7 million bond issue


Chickasha school patrons passed two bond issues in the February 9 election. Citizens were asked to pass a bond issue in the amount of 2.7 million dollars to fund repairs and maintenance of the district’s school buildings and infrastructure.
Proposition 1 passed by a 68+% majority. 541 votes were cast for the 2.295 million dollar investment and only 247 votes against the bond issue. 
 This bond will fund a second round of improvements following the replacement of the roof on the activity center last summer according to reports. The roof replacement was accomplished with funds received from insurance claims. The district invested 4.4 million dollars to repair roofs and other facility items according to the school’s website.
 Called Part ll of ‘Restoring Excellence’ there were two parts of the bond issue that was voted on separately.
 Proposition 1 totals $2,295,000 and is broken down into five different areas of expenditures.
District-Wide:
  • $120,000 – Acquire technology equipment and technology related items district-wide as needed and as funds allow
  • $100,000 – Acquire instructional materials and equipment district-wide as needed and as funds allow
  • $30,000 – Acquire school furniture, fixtures, and equipment district-wide as needed and as funds allow
  • $36,000 – Acquire food service equipment to be used in the District Central Kitchen located in Chickasha High School
  • $40,000 – Acquire maintenance equipment to be used throughout the district as needed and as funds allow
Lincoln School:
  • $214,000 – Construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire improvements to include, but not be limited to: Drainage improvements
High School:
  • $250,000 – Construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire improvements at to include, but not be limited to: Building façade improvements; Sidewalk and paving improvements; Building accessibility improvements; Signage improvements
Athletic Buildings:
  • $20,000 – Construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire improvements at Myers Field House to include, but not be limited to: Drainage improvements
 Also:
  • $150,000 – Construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire improvements at Memorial Stadium to include, but not be limited to: Concrete improvements
General Building Improvements:
  • $245,000 – All remaining bond proceeds will be utilized for the purpose of acquiring or improving school sites, constructing, repairing, remodeling and equipping buildings, and acquiring school furniture, fixtures and equipment
  • $40,000 – Management and support contracts and bond issuance-costs 
A separate proposal (Proposition #2) was for $405,000 to: Acquire transportation equipment and auxiliary transportation equipment to include, but not be limited to school buses, small transportation buses, and an activity bus.
 That portion of the bond issue passed 68% for and 31% against. Total votes was 550 for and 249 against.
 According to the school’s website, tax increases for residential home owners in the district would increase by $15.75 per year for a home that is assessed at $50,000; and a home assessed at $100,000 would see an estimated increase of $35.00 per year, a $300,000 property would see a $112.00 hike annually.
 In a promotion video provided by the school, Rick Croslin, Superintendent said, “This is a great community. We have to be good stewards. With everybody working together, we are going to restore excellence. Working together, this is a destination community”.
 Croslin said that the average age of the ten building that comprise the Chickasha School properties is 70 years old and that Lincoln school is 90 years of age.
 Currently the district has $7,575,000 in outstanding bond debt at this time.


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