Pottawatomie County voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide municipal races in McLoud, Maud and Pink, while school board runoffs will be decided in Maud and Konawa. In Earlsboro, voters who last approved a bond issue in 1971 will be asked to decide two school bond issues.
Earlsboro Public Schools is asking voters to approve a $495,000 proposition for school improvements as well as a transportation bond for $80,000 to purchase a new school bus.
As far as the building projects, Superintendent Mark Maloy said there are many projects slated for the $495,000 proposition, which is a five-year bond.
Projects include replacing 1950s-era cast iron plumbing in the high school, installing new tile in the elementary hallways and classrooms, as well purchasing a new marquee sign for the school.
Also on the list are constructing a new bus barn and purchasing an eight-passenger van for special education and small group transports.
Maloy, who said Earlsboro voters last approved a school bond in 1971, said constructing a new multipurpose building is also planned. The building could be used for extra-curricular activities and a practice area for the district’s new archery classes, as well as be available for community use.
Since plans are to construct the new building adjacent to the district’s newer gym, there would be additional restrooms for both facilities, Maloy said, and there are plans to remodel the current restrooms and lobby in the gym.
The bonds, if approved, will increase the annual property taxes for those living in the Earlsboro school district.
Estimates show that if a homeowner’s annual taxes are $100 per year, taxes will increase $34.44 for each $100 in annual taxes currently paid. The change averages to an increase of $2.87 per month for every $100 in annual property taxes.
Earlsboro Public Schools currently has about 230 students, Maloy said, so he encourages all patrons of the district to “get out and vote.”
There are municipal races in three Pottawatomie County towns.
In McLoud, there are four races on the municipal ballot.
Candidates for the Councilmember Ward No. 3 seat are Ann Pearce, Pete Pendley, Tim McGuinness and Jon Barrett.
Vying for the McLoud Ward No. 4 seat are Chandra Heitzinger, Thomas Morris and Ronald Kenyon.
For the Councilmember at large position, there are five candidates — Robbie D. Remington, James Woods, Steven Michael Tomaszewski, Ruben Abilez Jr. and Frank Pearce.
For the unexpired seat in Ward No. 1, Becky Carpenter and Philip Leslie Solinger are the two candidates.
In Maud, there are three municipal seats up for grabs.
Page 2 of 2 - For Councilmember Ward 2, voters will decide between Roger Cunningham, Don R. Lam and James Haws.
For the Ward No. 4 councilmember in Maud, Woody I. Hopkins and Lisa Armstrong are the candidates.
For the unexpired term in the Councilmember No. 1 seat, Carl Parramore, Terry McCracken and Randy Horn are the candidates.
In Pink, Harvey Babbit Jr. and Jamilee Parris are vying for the Office No. 2 seat on the board of trustees.
School board runoffs
Voters in the Konawa School district will vote between Katie Akerman and Tammie Tooley for the Office No. 3 school board seat.
In Maud, Scott Bruno and Amy Bassett are seeking the Office No. 3 seat.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Pottawatomie County Election Board Secretary Diana Knight encourages voters to bring their voter ID cards with them to the polls.
Absentee voting also is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the Pottawatomie County courthouse.