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Grandfield Voters to Decide on School Bonds

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GRANDFIELD, Okla_ Grandfield School District said their elementary school is in desperate need of a makeover, which is why they're asking Grandfield voters to pass two school bonds, worth $410,000, in a special election next Tuesday.

One bond is asking for $270,000 for major repairs to the town's elementary school. The other will provide $140,000 for two new school buses.

Grandfield's Superintendent Eva Spaulding said the entire school could use a facelift, but it's the roof that is in desperate need of repairs, and it's been that way for a while now.

Spaulding said last May's hailstorm caused a large portion of the damage.

"Part of the old roof had major damage, so at that time, we put on a temporary roof," Spaulding said. "Now, it's time for us to spend some money and put a permanent roof on it."

Spaulding said one major issue the temporary roofing can't seem to stop is the brown spots in the schools ceiling tiles. She said when it rains, water finds its way through the vents in the school's ceiling and drips from there to the schools floor below. She said she hopes a new roof will keep that from happening again.

"We are trying so hard to improve our school, looks-wise and academically," Spaulding said. "That's just one more step I am looking forward to: being able to replace the roof. Then, we can fix ceiling tiles inside and not have to worry about leaks and brown spots anymore. So, I am very excited. I think it is going to be great."

She said in order to achieve that goal, the roof isn't the only thing that needs to be replaced. Two of the school's main buses are also on the list to go. They are from the late 1990's.

"They have a lot of miles on them," Spaulding said. "So, you become unsure about sending kids out on the road. Kids in Grandfield, as many small towns, have to go a long way for our activities."

Spaulding said in the end, Grandfield voters will do more than just help improve the look of the school. They'll also be investing in the town's future.

"Without a school, our community won't be the same," Spaulding said. "It's very important, if we want to continue to thrive that we have to invest, we have to invest money in that sometimes."

Spaulding said the bonds will also help replace outdated restroom fixtures, as well as update locks and door handles in the elementary school to improve safety and security.

If the bonds pass, they will be paid for by a five-year property tax hike. Grandfield voters will go to the polls next Tuesday, May 14th.

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