Whitebead bonds pass; Tadlock, Stewart win school board races

By Jeff Shultz

Publisher

It was a busy day for some Garvin County precincts as several elections were held on Tuesday.

Voter turnout was light in all the races, according to unofficial results from the Garvin County Election Board.

Whitebead Bond Issues

Supporters of two bond issues in the Whitebead School district were elated to see both bond proposals pass overwhelmingly.

Whitebead Superintendent of Schools Lou Ann Wood said the students were so excited the bond proposal passed they “sang for joy” during the morning assembly.

“They sang, ‘The wheels on the NEW BUS go round and round…all around the town!’” she said. 

The first bond issue is for $60,000 to replace outdated climate control units with more energy efficient units.

The second bond will be a $240,000 transportation bond to replace three school buses, two of which are 20-years old.

The first bond issue passed with 80.52 percent of the 154 voters participating in the election giving the school district the green light to replace outdated climate control units.

The second bond issue was approved with 81.17 percent of the voters casting a “yes” vote on Tuesday.

Noting it has been 15 years or more since Whitebead has had a bond issue pass, Wood said the two bond issues Tuesday were critical to the small school district.

“We are desperate for buses and air conditioning,” she said.

“Several of our buses are 20 years old and have been a financial drain for years,” she said.

Wood said the school district can now purchase three new buses that will save the district money as well as preventing the need for double bus routes.

“We will also be replacing or repairing several of our HVAC units,” she said.

Wood said the students and staff at the school would like to thank all of the voters that voted for both bond issues.

“We have an amazing Whitebead community,” she said.

EC-P School Board Race

In Elmore City, an exuberant Jasmine Tadlock was elected to a seat on the Elmore City-Pernell Board of Education.

“I’m so happy to be able to serve my community and I am grateful to the voters for their confidence in me,” Tadlock told the News Star. 

Tadlock won her race by grabbing 137 (74.46 percent) of the 184 ballots cast in the election. Her challenger, Amy Shebester, got 43 votes in Tuesday’s election.

“I look forward to working with current board members to continue providing an excellent education for all of our students,” she added.

Other Races

In the Paoli School Board race, Kent Stewart won his bid for a seat on the Paoli Board of Education, taking 60.98 percent of the 82 votes in that race.

There were two municipal races on Tuesday. 

In Wynnewood, Harold Gregory won his bid for the mayor’s post, taking 53.40 percent of the 515 ballots cast Tuesday.

It was a tight race, with Tabitha Hayes grabbing 46.60 percent of the votes in the mayoral race.

In the Ward 1 race Darren Anderson defeated Beverly Badgley while Mike Perry celebrated a victory of Cindy Lewis in the Ward 2 Wynnewood race.

Ken Moore was re-elected as the Wynnewood City Marshall. Moore took 75.15 percent of the 503 ballots cast in the City Marshall’s race.

In Lindsay, four candidates were chosen for a seat on the Lindsay City Council.

Mark Hutchinson, Scott Wilbourn, Carrie Rains and Kris Spivey were the top four candidates vying for the council seat.