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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Bond Issue topics come to light

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  • Ardmore City Schools is presenting a long-range plan and bond proposals to the community through a series of community meetings that began Sunday at Ardmore Public Library.
    "When we finish this bond series, we will have a magnificent school," said Superintendent Sonny Bates.
    At the community meetings, district patrons can see the long-range blueprints and find out which items the district will be asking for first. Everyone who attends is asked to complete a survey on their thoughts on the proposed long-range plans.
    The school board will have a special meeting 5:30 p.m. Thursday in room 211 of the administration building to discuss the input gathered at the meetings and possibly call for a bond election.
    The proposed plan includes three series, with the first bond issue possibly going before voters on May 14.
    Series I will be for $31 million. Passage of the bond issue would increase the district's sinking fund millage from 0 mills to 15 mills.
    *See Monday's print edition for the Series I full breakdown
    For example if passed, a patron who pays $500 in property tax would have a monthly increase of $8.01 and an annual increase of $96.12.
    "It's the amount of an insurance policy, insuring that your child is attending a safe school," Bates said.
    The largest project on the first list is a new Lincoln Elementary building for $12,878,930.
    If passed, a new two-story building would be built on the opposite corner of the property from the current building. Classes would remain in the current building. When the new one was complete, crews would spend the summer demolishing the old building and installing the parking lot and playground in that area.
    Other projects would add classrooms at Jefferson and Will Rogers elementaries, who along with Lincoln currently have students in portable buildings.
    "Right now, we have students in portables and the portable aren't as good," said Assistant Superintendent Missy Storm. "The students need a brick and mortar building."
    The classroom additions would allow the district's elementary students to be spread more evenly across the district. The goal is for Jefferson and Lincoln to have a maximum of 400 students and Charles Evans to have a maximum of 500 students.
    "We want to keep community values. We can't be huge and have that community fit," Bates said. "In talking with parents, this is what I believe our parents want for their kids."
    The new and renovated schools would also allow for better shelter for inclement weather and better communication between classrooms, which is crucial during a lockdown.
    "We're not doing our due diligence if we as a community are saying it won't happen here," Bates said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Additional projects in Series II include high school track resurfacing, stadium repairs and fieldhouse improvements, new middle school roof and Charles Evans gymatorium.
    Future community meetings will be as follows
    n today from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Charles Evans Elementary, 1906 Harris.
    n today from 6-7 p.m. at HFV Wilson Community Center, 625 E Main.
    n Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at Will Rogers Elementary, 1441 N Washington.
    n Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary, 615 Stanley.
    n Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at Ardmore High School cafeteria, 701 Veterans Blvd.
    Also available at the meetings are plans for the future bond issues, which will be series II and III.
    Series II will possibly include a new high school office and eight new classrooms, middle school classroom and gymnasium addition, Charles Evans classroom addition and demolition of old building, Jefferson gymnasium, administration and classroom addition and Will Rogers bus loop and additional parking.
    Series III will possibly include a performing arts center and parking for it and a fieldhouse expansion/renovation.
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