Collinsville sets $20M school bond election for Oct. 8 to fund elementary, high school renovations

COLLINSVILLE, Okla.  -- An Oct. 8 bond election has been set for Collinsville Public Schools.

A $20 million bond issue would go to fund a new elementary school and a new commons area and gymnasium at the Collinsville High School.

The new elementary school will house fourth and fifth grades students and sit just west of Herald Elementary, where all Pre-K and first through third grade students will attend.

"This will allow all elementary students to be on one campus, which addresses transportation and safety issues." CPS Superintendent Terry Due said.

What is currently Wilson Elementary will be converted into a sixth grade center. Due said the building will also serve alternative education in the evenings.  

"The biggest overcrowding issue we have in our district is at the middle school. With only seventh and eighth graders at that building, this will alleviate that problem."

The second portion of the bond issue would allow for a new commons area in the high school.

"At this time, the current commons area is not functional," Due said. "The new space would be a time and a half larger than the current."

The former commons area will become a library/media center and vocal music room.

The new commons area will also feed into the gym, "which will be beneficial for game nights," Due said.

Should voters approve the bond issue, Due says the current millage rate would rise from 22.5 to 29 mills.

"This still puts us lower than most of the districts in the area," he said. "This is the first time we have raised the millage rate. We have been the lowest in the area, and this would put us right in line with Skiatook and Owasso."

The last bond issue passed for CPS was in 2008.

Due is set to speak at a Sept. 5 Collinsville Chamber of Commerce to offer further details and answer questions from the community about the proposed bond issue. 

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