Catoosa Public Schools' $21.16M bond issue passes, to fund technology, building improvements

CATOOSA, Okla. -- Catoosa residents approved a $21.16 million school bond issue Tuesday, the largest the district has ever attempted to pass.

The bond issue, which passed with 75 percent in favor, will  secure funds for technology upgrades and individual campus and district-wide additions and improvements.

The last bond election for CPS was in 2010.

"This is the third stage piece of the puzzle that began 2007-08," said CPS superintendent Rick Kibbe.

Previous bond issues allowed the district to move to One to One learning, where every student in sixth through 12th grade has a Mac laptop. Kibbe said because of these efforts, Catoosa was the first public school in Oklahoma to be designated as an Apple Distinguished Learning Center. CPS is one of 84 nationwide.

"This will continue our One to One learning," Kibbe said.

Should the bond issue be approved, funds would go to a new cafeteria and a proposed above-ground storm shelter. The current middle school cafeteria would be remodeled into classrooms. Additional security features would be added to the middle school office.

Athletic improvements include replacing the high school track, west side bleachers and press box and turfing the football field. The concessions and restrooms project would also be completed with this bond issue.

Improvements at J.W. Sam and Cherokee Elementary School and Helen Paul Learning Center are also on tap.

General district-wide needs include technology, security cameras, textbooks, buses, new HVAC units and an intercom system.  

According to the district's website, this bond issue is not projected to increase taxes.

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