Union school bond issue passes overwhelmingly
BY ANDREA EGER World Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
2/11/09 at 3:35 AM
Voters in the Union school district approved a $20 million bond issue by a whopping 83.6 percent Tuesday.
Superintendent Cathy Burden said she thought it was remarkable that the bond issue got a "supermajority" approval of at least 60 percent.
"We feel like in this economy particularly, that it's a real testament to the district that people know educating kids is a high priority," she said. "Of course, since this did not increase taxes, it's no wonder that our community was supportive."
Major projects to be funded by the 2009 bond issue include extensive remodeling at Grove Elementary School and updating at the Union Performing Arts Center.
Officials have said the 35-year-old Grove Elementary School, 10202 E. 62nd St., is in desperate need of classroom, cafeteria and gymnasium expansions because of growth in student enrollment. Additional restrooms and a new main entrance with added security features are also planned for Grove.
Other projects in the 2009 bond issue include replacement of old balcony handrails, lighting and stage cabling, equipment and decorations at the Union Performing Arts Center; replacement of roofs at Clark Elementary School and buildings at three other school sites; a second phase of remodeling at the softball and baseball complex; and upgrading the Eighth Grade Center's gym and outside basketball courts.
Rogers County bond issue passes: Rogers County voters approved a $1 million bond for the Oologah-Talala Emergency Medical Services District.
The $1 million bond issue for the Oologah-Talala Emergency Medical Services would help restore needed funds for operating accounts.
If the question had failed, officials said, the program might have had to cut services. The tax-supported district covers a 180-square-mile area of Rogers County.
Andrea Eger 581-8470