MUSTANG — Three months after a similar measure failed, a $7 million school bond issue passed by the slimmest of margins Tuesday night.
The bond issue won 60.4 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election — less than one percent more than the 60 percent it needed to pass.
Mustang Superintendent Sean McDaniel said the bond package will be good for the district, particularly a $1.6 million item that puts new technology into every school in the district, including 3-D printers, tablet computers and laptops.
Voters in the district rejected a $4.05 million construction bond issue in November and passed a $750,000 transportation bond issue that went to replace the district's aging school buses.
Voters in the Midwest City-Del City school district approved a pair of bond issues by a wider margin. A $10 million security, safety and technology bond issue passed with 77.3 percent of the vote, while a $400,000 transportation bond issue carried 78.4 percent of the vote.
The first bond issue will fund security improvements at sites around the district. District officials plan to place security vestibules, electronic access controls and security cameras at most schools. The second bond issue will fund school buses.
In a statement posted on the district's Facebook page, Mid-Del Superintendent Pam Deering thanked the district's patrons for their support.
“With the passage of this bond issue, now all of our students and staff can look forward to safety and security improvements to their schools,” Deering said.
In Kingfisher, Steve Richards won a mayoral recall election, carrying 67.1 percent of the vote. Richards will serve the remainder of outgoing Mayor Jack Stuteville's term, who also appeared on Tuesday's ballot. Stuteville won just 19.1 percent of the vote.
A group of Kingfisher residents, upset with the firing of Kingfisher Fire Chief Randy Poindexter, filed a recall petition against Stuteville in October.
Richards said his immediate goal is to help the city move forward from the conflicts that surrounded the previous mayor.
“We've got a good city, and we've got a lot of people that really care about how we grow and prosper,” Richards said.
Dawn Terrell, who was also a candidate in the mayoral race, said she wasn't disappointed with the outcome of the election. Terrell, who won 13.8 percent of the vote, called Richards “a man of great character and integrity,” and said she's confident he would serve the city well as mayor.