RUSH SPRINGS — 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.
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.
In Edmond, Deer Creek voters also passed a pair of school bond issues totalling a combined $5 million. The first bond package will go to fund heating and air conditioning improvements around the district, roof work, classroom materials and classroom technology.
It also would buy kitchen equipment for the district’s Freshman Academy and fund maintenance throughout the district.
A second bond proposal totals $600,000, and will go to buy new buses and other vehicles for the district.
Deer Creek Superintendent Ranet Tippens thanked the district’s patrons for their support.
“The passage of this bond will provide funds for deferred maintenance, textbooks and transportation,” she said. “We are filled with gratitude and promise good stewardship of the funds you have provided.”
In Yukon, challenger Richard Russell unseated incumbent Nick Grba for the Ward 1 city council seat. Incumbent John Alberts held onto the Ward 2 seat, defeating challengers Dayton Betts and Ward Larson.
In Midwest City, Daniel McClure won the Ward 1 city council seat by a wide margin, carrying 87.2 percent of the vote.
Inclumbent Rick Dawkins won the Ward 3 city council race with 54.3 percent of the vote.
Christine Allen won the Ward 5 seat with 76.1 percent of the vote, unseating incumbent Wendell Boucher.