Voters in the Grove School District easily approved $200,000 in bond issues Tuesday night, with the passage not having any increase to local property taxes.

Voters in the Grove School District easily approved $200,000 in bond issues Tuesday night, with the passage not having any increase to local property taxes.

School bond issues must get a 60 percent supermajority for passages, and the two Grove issues passed at around 80 percent.

Passage will allow the district to purchase a new school bus and new textbooks and instructional materials.

For Proposition 1, there were 219 voting yes, or 80.71 percent, while 52 voted no, or 19.19 percent.

For Proposition 2, there were 215 voting yes, or 79.63 percent, while 55 voted no, or 20.37 percent.

With the Oklahoma State Department of Education recently revising the standards, students are expected to master, there is an increasing need to upgrade curriculum materials.

“New text books and learning materials are always a need,” Superintendent Mark Bowlan said. “Our priority will be math, simply because that's where our biggest need is at this moment. Depending on how far our dollar will take us, hopefully we will have some left over to go into other areas.”

Anew school bus also will be helpful.

“Going back to 2013, our enrollment was 413. In 2018 we are currently at 520 so there is a significant need to add a bus to our route,” he said.