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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Victory is sweet for Ardmore Bond Issue

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  • High fives, cupcakes and ice cream were enjoyed Tuesday as Ardmore City Schools passed a $31 million bond issue with 64.5 percent of the vote.
    As news came, some students were already considering what the bond will mean for the school they attend.
    "We will finally get a gym at my school," said Briesie Stewart, a Charles Evans second-grader. "We don't have to use an old library or the old cafetorium for PE anymore. On a rainy day, we will have somewhere to go that is a real gym."
    The bond received 1,169 yes votes and 642 votes against, 35.5 percent.
    "I'm excited to be a citizen of the great city of Ardmore," said Board President Willie Tiller. "I am proud to represent my constituents on the school board. The citizens have given confidence to improve our facilities, invest in our academic prowess and prepare our children for the future."
    Projects will include a new Lincoln Elementary building, Jefferson classroom addition, Will Rogers classroom and gymatorium addition, Charles Evans gymatorium, middle school roof and resurfacing of the Noble Stadium track at the high school.
    School officials gathered in the high school to find out the results.
    "We are very, very proud of the faith the community has in Ardmore City Schools," said Superintendent Sonny Bates. "We will do everything in our power to live up to their expectations."
    School board members were very thankful for not only the opportunities the bond will provide for the district, but also the committees that helped plan and promote the bond election.
    "I want to say thank you to all the people in the community who helped pass this," said Board Vice President Lucinda Hull.
    However, the bond is only a start for Ardmore City Schools. The district's long-range plan includes additions such as a performing arts center.
    "The passage of the bond issue tonight is just the beginning," Bates said. "We have a plan to produce a curriculum powerhouse."
    In Thackerville, a $4.075 million bond issue passed with 76 percent of the vote, 254-80.
    The bond will be used to build a new elementary building west of the current school site.
    "We're very happy," said Superintendent Greg Raper. "We're going to go forward with this, and we thank the patrons in the community who voted yes."
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