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McLoud bond issues fail

Elisabeth Slay

Two McLoud Public School bond issues totaling $5.7 million were rejected by voters Tuesday, Feb. 11.

According to Superintendent Steve Stanley, Oklahoma requires bond issues to receive a 60 percent supermajority to pass and both were shy of that mark.

Polls show 59.3 percent or 416 out of 700 people voted yes on Proposition 1, which Stanley said was for $2,915,000; 58.87 percent or 415 of 705 voters in McLoud, voted yes on Proposition 2 which Stanley said was for $2,810,000.

"I'm disappointed for the students and the teachers of our community. We were so close...That's the hard part of bond issues," Stanley said. "You've got to get 60, not 50 percent and we were within a couple of votes of passing both of them."

Originally, Stanley said, McLoud residents voted on a $5 million bond in November which would have offered numerous improvements to the district, but it also failed to pass.

"We had to the divide the bond issue because we failed the bond issue last semester so the law says you have to make a substantial change...So we decided to split them up and we added a couple of different things," Stanley said.

The two bonds totaled $5,725,000 and Stanley said Proposition 1 would have been used to remodel the school's cafeteria, renovate the football field, improve the track field and other such items, while funds from Proposition 2 would have been used to remodel other school sites and sports facilities.

"We split what we had before 50-50. We split the second proposition to fix the baseball field, the softball field, to remodel the intermediate, part of the high and the junior high," Stanley said.

Stanley explained he is sad yet again to see that that the district and its students will not receive funds to make these improvements.

Stanley said similar to the November election, if the bonds had passed, property owners would have continued to pay $22 for every $1,000 that their property is assessed.

Going forward, Stanley said the district is not certain of any plans regarding future bond issues and elections.

"At this point we will go back to the community and see what they want to do, but it'll be a long time planning before we present anything else," Stanley said.

In addition to McLoud's Bond Election, North Rock Creek Public Schools had a school board election. Four candidates were vying for the Office No. 5 seat, with Tuesday's election resulted in two advancing to the April 7 election.

According to the Oklahoma State Election Board, 54 out of 122 votes were for Rodney Casteel which was 44.28 percent of votes and 46 out of 122 votes were for Adam L. Hester, which was 37.7 percent of the vote. Craig Farrow had three votes and Seb Clements had 19 votes in the race.

Casteel and Hester will run in the district's General Election on April 7.

Check back for updates.