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By Emily Kindiger
Although voter attention was recently focused on El Reno’s school bond issue, Calumet Public Schools prepares for its general obligation bond vote in February.
Superintendent Keith Weldon said the school has been busy informing the public about the upcoming bond vote on Feb. 12. He said a new video and brochure are available on their website. He said the video has been shown four times, and he expects it to be publicized three more times before the polls open.
To help answer questions and inform voters about the $5,995,000, 10-year series bond, Weldon said an open public forum will be held Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the west gymnasium to “explain it step by step.”
He said the 314 students have outgrown their facilities, and renovations and expansions have been necessary for years.
The proposed projects include a new high school on the new site, one-to-one student technology, construction of a new music roomandupgrades to the current heat and air system.
The bond will be repaid through ad valorem tax proceeds, and Weldon said the preliminary estimates on the wind farm will double this base of $20 million to about $40 million, meaning the wind farm would pay for one-half the bond.
He said architects from the Kerr 3 Design Group in Edmond have created basic sketches which are available on their website.
Weldon said Calumet is a small community, so the City Council, Chamber of Commerce and the school always work closely, and he said everyone “understands the need” for the renovations and expansion. This recognition has in the past been mirrored by the public’s reactions to the needs of the school and he hopes this bond will find the same acceptance.
“There’s been a very positive response to anything that benefits Calumet Public Schools,” he said. “Voters always show up at the polls.
“This community has been tremendous since I’ve been here about supporting us,” he said. “This is a great opportunity. A win-win opportunity for the students and the taxpayers.”
For more information, call Calumet Public Schools at 893-2222, and to read the flier or watch the video, visit http://chs.k12.ok.us.