TULSA, Okla — Voters in several Green Country school districts will have the chance on February 8th to cast their vote on different school propositions.
In Tulsa County there are three school districts asking for voters to approve bonds, all three counties say approving the bongs won't change how much the community members pay in taxes.
Jenks Public Schools will have two propositions on Tuesday's ballot, the two bonds total to fourteen million dollars.
Public Information Officer for Jenks Public Schools, Rob Loeber, told 2 News, “it’s really money that goes to meeting the day to day needs of the district. Some districts do it differently where they assess five years out or three years out you know we do it year over year as our district continues to grow.”
Proposition one will go towards district-wide improvements including technology, safety & security, and facilities repairs among other purposes.
Proposition two will allow Jenks Public Schools to retire old school buses in their fleet to bring in new ones.
“Every single student at every single grade level is impacted by this bond. So we’re talking about resources for classrooms in terms of furniture, desks, chairs, chrome books, that our kids have that we can purchase with bond money, the textbooks that they open and learn from. We’re talking about art supplies. Even thing behind the scenes," Loeber said.
He said there isn't one specific big-ticket item for proposition one, just an all-around improvement fund.
Loeber added that the taxes voters are paying now on school bonds will remain the same.
When the current bond expires, the ones being voted on for February 8th will take effect.
Catoosa Public Schools will have one proposition on the February 8th ballot for a fifty-two million dollar bond.
This money would fund a new elementary school to replace the two current outdated schools.
CPS said this will consolidate pre-k to 5th grade onto one campus.
Bixby Public Schools has two propositions for the February 8th ballot.
Proposition one will fund adding more classrooms to the existing elementary school, it will also fund the building of a new high school to accommodate the growth of the district.
Rob Miller, Superintendent for Bixby Public Schools, said, “at the time we probably had a thousand students. We are now at two thousand students in our high school grades 9-12 and that number will increase to probably about 28-hundred by the end of this decade.”
Proposition two will go towards transportation and replacing school buses.
“Those are all older and have high mileage on those so this bond will help us replace all those activity buses as well as sustain or purchase some new buses for the next 10 years," Miller said.
The current tax rate will stay the same for all three districts due to the district retiring debt from past bonds at the same time they add the new debt from the new bond.
While they hope voters approve them, Miller said he understands there may be some voters who don't agree these are the issues that should be funded at this time.
Miller believes Bixby's proposition one will pass.
Check with your local election board for sample ballots and explanations of the items for each county.
Polling places will be open on February 8th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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