BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Bartlesville voters will take to the polls Tuesday and decide whether to approve a $36.72 million bond issue, which will renovate Central Middle School and restructure Bartlesville High School and mid-high.
According to Community Relations Coordinator for Bartlesville Public Schools Chris Tanea, the schools are in need of repairs.
"Our middle school facilities right now are in extreme rough stage, there's in serious need of attention and we need to do something about them immediately," Tanea said.
If the bond issue is approved by voters, Central Middle School and Bartlesville High School would undergo large-scale renovations.
Madison Middle School will be demolished and students at the school would be transferred to the mid-high, allowing the high school to be restructured for students in ninth and 12th grade. The proposal will also make way for a new freshman academy.
"To maintain schools to me is one the most important issues," Bartlesville Public School parent Kim Breedlove said.
The bond issue will also make it available for the district to use $1.5 million to provide district-wide security upgrades.
Last February, Bartlesville Public Schools attempted to secure funds for the same project. The bond election failed. The district and parents are hoping for a different result this time around with their updated plan.
"If we don't pass this bond proposal our kids are going to continue to go to school in places that are in disrepair and not safe," Bartlesville Public Schools parent Stevie Williams said.
The bond issue, if approved by voters, would be tax-neutral. It needs at least 60 percent approval to pass. Polling places open at 7 a.m.
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