Election: Grove voters pass $8.1M school bond issue

Elisabeth Slay
The Shawnee News-Star
Grove Bond Election Results

Voters in the Grove School District overwhelmingly approved an $8.1 million bond issue Tuesday night, which will fund a variety of projects.

According to the Oklahoma State Election Board, 367 voters — or 79.09 percent — voted yes on the $8,145,000 bond issue, while 97 voters — or 20.91 percent — voted no. School bond issues require a 60 percent supermajority vote to pass.

According to Superintendent Mark Bowlan, construction for the projects funded by the bond will begin in the Fall of 2021 and are expected to be completed in Fall of 2022. 

"We thank our community members for supporting our school through the passage of this bond election," Bowlan said. "Our students and families will greatly benefit from the improvements to our facilities."

The superintendent said the bond will not increase property taxes and the funds will be used to build a new early childhood center.

"Our current early childhood area is outdated and limited in space," Bowlan said, adding the new early childhood addition and remodel will include six classrooms (for Pre-K and Kindergarten), student restrooms and a multipurpose common area.

Bowlan said funds from the bond would also be used to build a new gymnasium, which will be used for large school functions including assemblies, sporting events, music program concerts, graduation ceremonies and physical education classes.

"The new facility will include increased seating capacity, ADA seating, a lobby/concession area, and locker rooms," Bowlan said.

The bond issue, Bowlan said, will also fund the construction of a new classroom for the district's robotics program.

"Through our robotics program, our students develop skills in STEM, writing, leadership and public speaking," Bowlan said. "Our program is very successful, and the proposed new classroom would give this program its own much needed space."

Lastly the bond will be used to add more parking to the Grove campus and to repair or replace the existing roofing.

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