Community meeting held to discuss B'ville school bond issue

The Bartlesville Public School District hosted a community meeting Monday evening focused on informing citizens about the $49.5 million school bond issue proposal to be set before voters next month.

During his presentation of the bond proposal, Bartlesville Public Schools District Superintendent Dr. Gary Quinn said the proposal will be on the ballots as two separate questions, a $48 million vote and a $1.5 million vote.

"You will have to vote yes or no on each of these," he told the roughly 30 or so in attendence at the Bartlesville High School Fine Arts Center auditorium.

The $48 million question due to go before voters Feb. 14 would fund the building of a new sixth and seventh grade center, an 18-classroom addition at the high school to host sophomores and new early childhood classrooms at Richard Kane Elementary School.

The $1.5 million would go toward new buses.

In order for a bond to pass in Oklahoma, it must be passed by 60 percent, Quinn said, adding that in the past Bartlesville has been gracious — the last bond issue passing by 68 percent and the 2001 issue by 72 percent.

He said the plan is, pending the proposal's passage, to begin the year-long construction on the high school 18-classroom extension and cafeteria in June to have sophomores in by August 2013.

Beginning in June as well would be the construction of the new pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms at Richard Kane Elementary for their completion around the same time.

Soon after their completion, work will begin on the sixth and seventh grade center. Quinn said as large as the building would be, it will take longer to complete but said it would be finished by 2014.

The bond issue would result in no new taxes.

More information on the school bond issue is available on the front page of the district's website .

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