Rush Springs bond issue fails; proposals pass in Deer Creek and Ninnekah

After a $9.27 million school bond issue failed Tuesday night, Superintendent Mike Zurline said he plans to review the proposal and try again in a few months. District officials had hoped to use money from the bond package to replace the district’s middle school.
by Silas Allen Published: March 4, 2014
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After a $9.27 million school bond issue failed Tuesday night, Superintendent Mike Zurline said he plans to review the proposal and try again in a few months.

District officials had hoped to use money from the bond package to replace the district’s middle school. The current building was built in 1958, and Zurline said it doesn’t meet the district’s needs.

The bond package received 55.1 percent of the vote Tuesday, falling short of the 60 percent it needed to pass.

District officials are required to wait four months before bringing the proposal before voters again. During that time, Zurline said he plans to meet with the committee that drafted the proposal and determine what changes need to be made.

The construction projects would have included a new cafeteria to serve the single-site district. The district’s current cafeteria is too small to serve the district, he said.

The small size of the cafeteria means students eat in several shifts. Elementary students eat in the first shift, which begins at 10:30 a.m., Zurline said. Those students are hungry by the time those students go home at 3:10 p.m. A larger cafeteria would allow more students to eat at once, allowing the district to have fewer lunch shifts at more reasonable hours.

“It’s something we need,” Zurline said.

Other issues

In nearby Ninnekah, voters approved two school bond issues. The first of those two bond issues totals $4.95 million, and goes to fund construction and improvement projects around the district. A second $370,000 bond issue goes to fund school vehicles.


by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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