Checotah patrons pass school bond issue, finally

Thursday, December 16th 2004, 6:16 am
By: News On 6

CHECOTAH, Okla. (AP) For nearly 20 years, patrons of this eastern Oklahoma school district would come close but not quite reach the mark needed to pass bond issues.

That streak changed Tuesday when voters approved a $1.7 million bond issue to fund new roofs at the elementary and intermediate schools.

This election was decided by one vote: 1,627 (60%) for, 1,084 (40%) against. School bond elections require 60% approval to pass.

Students have been dodging drips at Marshall Elementary School for years. Trash cans would be positioned to collect water in the halls and classrooms after heavy rain, which trickled down the walls and sometimes onto books and computers.

``We had to cover the computers with plastic garbage bags,'' said Mary Sellers, a reading specialist at the elementary school.

Most of the past seven Checotah bond issues received a majority vote but fell below the 60 percent mark.

The latest bond will pay for four new classrooms, which will be shared by high school and junior high students, among other things.