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Berryhill, Jenks voters approve multi-million dollar bonds

Posted at 10:51 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 00:13:26-04

BERRYHILL, Okla. — Berryhill and Jenks voters approved multi-million dollar bonds Tuesday night.

Berryhill residents approved $20.7 million in bonds for school district improvements.

The Berryhill School District is going to renovate its auditorium, gymnasium and locker rooms. It's also buying turf for the football field, resurfacing the track and buying new textbooks and new band uniforms.

It will also construct new multipurpose rooms and classrooms at the middle school and elementary schools that will double as tornado shelters.

$1 million will go toward upgrading technology and software. The district will also improve transportation.

It’s the district’s largest bond issue ever. Superintendent Mike Campbell says it's important to stay competitive with other districts.

“They go to other districts and see nice facilities and they deserve the same here at Berryhill," Campbell said. "And, you know, of course, it’s for the kids and that’s what we’re here for.”

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In Jenks, voters approved a $20.5 million bond that will improve streets.

$16 million dollars are going toward the Elm Street project. The city is widening the road to five lanes, reconfiguring the intersection at 131st street, adding a walking path and improving lights.

Jenks Mayor Robert Lee said these changes will help improve traffic, especially during rush hour.

“You can imagine what improving that stretch of road is going to do to improve your quality of life there," he said. "It’s going to mean more time with your family, more time at home, less time that’s devoted toward getting to and from work every week.”

Other parts of the Jenks bond include improvements to Elwood Ave., Main St. and 106th street.

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