Superintendents need help with building needs

Friday, October 21st 2005, 6:30 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A legislative committee is being urged to find solutions to a funding squeeze at some independent school districts.

Superintendent Marilyn Bradford said the Shawnee School District is surrounded by small, dependent districts who send students to Shawnee High School when they graduate from elementary school.

Bradford says the problem is that all of the property tax money does not follow those students and the situation is creating building needs that her district cannot meet.

She says other districts around the state face similar problems including Tahlequah, Ponca City, El Reno and McAlester.

Officials at some elementary school districts say they are handicapped by a requirement that 60 percent of voters approve school bonds.