School Bond issues pass by a vast majority

By Jeff Shultz

Publisher

Officials at both Maysville and Paoli schools got an early Valentine’s Day gift as voters in both districts overwhelmingly approved bond issues Tuesday.

In Maysville, both bond proposals passed easily with around 90 percent of the voters giving the green light. In Paoli the bond proposal passed by the same amount.

“I want to thank all the voters for their show of confidence in our goals for the school district,” said David Morris, Superintendent of Schools at Paoli.

The Paoli bond issue will provide $100,000.00 to purchase new books and educational materials district wide; $50,000.00 to purchase a 15-passenger activity van that can be driven without a CDL; $50,000.00 to purchase land for expansion and expansion improvements; $50,000.00 for new exterior and security doors district wide; and $50,000.00 for new technology/computers. 

According to the Garvin County Election Board, 99 voters cast ballots in the Paoli bond issue election with 89.90 percent voting yes.

Maysville Superintendent Dr. Shelly Beach echoed the same sentiment on passage of two bond proposals.

“The overwhelming support shown at the polls Tuesday for Maysville Public Schools is truly appreciated,” she said.

The first bond proposal passed with 165 (90.66 percent) out of 182 voters giving the bond issue their approval. 

The first proposition will allow the district to acquire technology equipment and textbooks district-wide, as needed ($27,650.00); purchase banquet tables and chairs ($8,350.00); and to acquire school owned vehicles $74,000.00.

The second bond issue, a $110,000 transportation bond proposal, was passed with 89.62 percent of the voters passing the measure.

“The students will use every item being purchased for years to come,” Beach said.

Bond funds at both schools will be available July 1, meaning both schools will have new text books and equipment by the start of the 2019-2020 school year. 

The next bond issue in Garvin County will be an $18.240 million bond proposal by the Elmore City-Pernell school district.

That bond election will be held on March 5.

The biggest chunk of the bond issue will be used to build a new high school ($7,665,000.00), a new gymnasium ($8,640,000.00) and to make improvements to the football stadium ($1,810,000.00)

The remainder of the money will go toward a secure entry vestibule at the elementary school ($25,000.00) and to make renovations to the Ag facility ($100,000.00).