Muskogee voters to decide on 2 school bonds

MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Voters will consider a pair of bond issues on Tuesday totaling nearly $50 million.

The larger of the two bonds, which totals $47 million, deals with general improvements to Muskogee schools.

The district plans to renovate and repair school buildings.

Officials also plan to use $14.8 million to purchase new laptops for every student in grades 7 through 12.

"We were looking for the best means to level the playing field so all our kids could have the same advantage of getting a great education in Muskogee and this seemed to be the very best way to level that playing field," said Mike Garbe, superintendent for Muskogee Public Schools.

About $6 million will go toward new construction; $4 million for athletic facilities; $4.4 million for remodeling; $2.6 million to improve roofing; $1.9 million for HVAC Mechanical; and $2 million for educational supplies.

The other bond issue that voters will consider is a $2 million bond for transportation.

The district wants to purchase 12 new CNG buses, which officials say will save lots of money in the future.

State law requires transportation bonds to be separate from other school bonds.

Both bonds must register 60 percent support from voters in order to pass.

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