Voters in the Konawa School District approved two bond issues totaling $1.5 million in a special election Tuesday night.

Voters in the Konawa School District approved two bond issues totaling $1.5 million in a special election Tuesday night.

“Our taxpayers have trusted us to use their money responsibly and that's what we intend to do,” Superintendent Andy Gower said. “We will review all bids and go with the best option for our district.”

The first part of the bond issue will cover student transportation. The plan is to to tentatively purchase five new school buses.

“Our district is approximately 160 square miles so our bus routes can get rather lengthy,” Gower said. “We do our best to maintain our current fleet of buses but voters recognized we needed to upgrade and they did what was right for the district.”

Konawa won't replace all the buses at once, and will stagger the purchase of them over the next couple years. This will help with maintenance costs in the future, Gower said.

The second part of the bond will cover curriculum upgrades.

“We intend to provide our students with a device that will allow us to get away from using the traditional textbook,” Gower said.

With the technology upgrade each student starting at fourth grade will have their own device to use throughout the day. There is a possibility this will extend to the third grade, depending on the bids received, Gower said.

Along with the technology upgrade, the second part of the bond issue will cover facility upgrades. The elementary will replace the carpet with flooring that is easier to clean and more sanitary, Gower said.

Another significant upgrade will cover new seating in the gymnasium.

Konawa will use remaining funds to purchase a new SUV that will be used to transport students and faculty to various events.

“We have more needs than addressed by this bond but with this passing it allows us to use funds in other areas,” Gower said.

On Tuesday, 21 voters participated in each bond issue. In Proposition 1, 18 voted yes (85.71%) and 3 voted no (14.29%). Proposition 2 had 19 votes in favor (90.48%) and 2 voted no (9.52%).

The two bonds will not result in a tax increase and will take place of an existing bond.