Over 10 million dollars in public school upgrades depend on Rogers County voters

Posted at 5:41 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 18:41:39-04

OOLOGAH, Okla. — Rogers County voters will decide, tonight, on two bonds totaling over 10 million dollars for Oologah-Talala Public Schools.

The district is looking to check off a list of upgrades and renovations. They all depend on tonight's vote.

The list includes: updating security, new technology, class supplies, and a new roof for Upper Elementary.

Parent, Nicole Nuttall, says, "It would be nice for him to not have a roof that's leaking, not have a gym that's leaking, and for the teachers to know that they're going to be dry all day."

Assistant Superintendent, Tony Sappington, says, "The roof is over 20 years old, it needs to be replaced. The entrance to our Upper Elementary is not as secure as we would like it to be. It's older, and we need to redo it."

Another need is an updated bus fleet. Some of them are around 20 years old.

The two bonds on the ballot are: a building bond -- worth over nine million dollars, and a transportation equipment bond -- worth one million.

Voters should know, if passed, the bonds do not mean an increase in taxes.

“We had a bond, in the past, that will be coming off. So, this bond will take that bond's place. So, there will not be an increase because of that,” says Sappington.