Voters in the Pleasant Grove and Dale school districts will decide bond issues today while school board races will be decided in several local districts.

Voters in the Pleasant Grove and Dale school districts will decide bond issues today while school board races will be decided in several local districts.

Those running for school board seats are:

• Shawnee Board of Education, Office No. 5: Gerry Pfeil is being challenged by Mark Betterton.

• Shawnee Board of Education, Office N. 7: Bobby Canty is being challenged by Chad Self.

• Bethel, Office No. 2: Candidates are David Elmore and Bryan Newell.

• South Rock Creek, Office No. 2: Candidates are Monroe Bud Jeffrey and Melissa Mahaffey

• Tecumseh Office No. 2: Candidates are Jim Brenner and Shawn Fleming.

• Meeker, Office No. 2: Candidates are Jessica Gabeau and Bret Wood.

• McLoud, Office No. 2: Candidates are Melanie Krause, Steven M. Swartz and Jeannene Williams.

• Strother, Office No. 2: Candidates are Travis Gillespie and Heath Sapp.

There also are two school bond issues up for a vote today; school bonds must pass by a 60 percent supermajority.

Voters in Dale will decide a $10 million bond issue for construction of a new high school and gymnasium. If passed, the bond issue would cause an increase of $1.65 for every $100 paid in property taxes annually.

"Our high school building was built in the early 1930s," Dale Superintendent Charlie Dickinson said. "It is a very old brick and plaster wall building and is extremely outdated. The cost of maintenance is very high year-to-year. It was a good building in its time but it needs to be replaced."

The Dale Pirates have are playing basketball in a gym that is outdated and it's time to give the students a new facility to play in, Dickinson said.

The new gymnasium will double the amount of seating to an estimated 1,200, triple the amount of restrooms available and add air-conditioning to the facility, Dickinson said."Our gymnasium was built in 1983. It was a good building when it was built, but we've significantly outgrown it. When we play our rivals, the crowds overwhelm the gym. It's time Dale Public Schools have something new. This is all about our kids.”

The new high school building will consist of 20 classrooms, seven more than the current high school. Added features would also include a science lab, computer lab and added security features, Dickinson said.

If the bond is passed, this would be the first property tax increase in over 40 years, Dickinson said.

The Pleasant Grove School District will decide an $810,000 bond issue that would result in the construction of a new classroom addition and storm shelter.

If passed, for every $100 paid in property taxes annually, taxes would increase $36.93.

"This addition would provide a safe environment for our students during inclement weather," Superintendent Scott Roper said. "The new building would also offer classroom space for our growing student population."

The classrooms will serve as a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten complex. The storm shelter would be open to the public when school is not in session, Roper said.

Currently, the school is forced to shut down during tornado warnings, Roper said. The new addition would allow for school to remain open during bad weather.

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For questions or more information, call the election board, 405-273-8376.