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Cache Public Schools $22M bond up for a vote

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CACHE, OK (KSWO) - A $22 million building bond for Cache Public Schools is coming up for a vote, and after the last bond failed school officials are pushing for more parents to come out and vote.

When the previous $38 million bond did not get a super majority November 2015, the district went back to the drawing board and surveyed the community. They asked what they wanted for the next bond, and why parents didn't get out to vote. The results of the survey were put into this new bond proposal that will be on the ballot April 5.

Superintendent Randy Batt said some citizens just stayed home because they were convinced it would pass easily, but others were against the proposal, saying too many projects were aimed at improving athletic facilities.

“Well that's the first time that I’ve had a bond issue fail,” said Batt. “We dug into it.”

They removed a new softball field, improvements to the baseball and practice football field, a cheerleading room and renovating the bus barn. That lowered the cost of the bond by $16 million.

“When you looked at the survey, those were the things,” said Batt. “Those were things that they felt like they could wait a little bit. Prioritize things. That's where we came up with the new plan."

They added money for textbooks, which was something that stood out in the survey. He said some parents joked that their kids were using the same books they used when they were in school.

With those changes, there is a focus on the parents voting, and Batt says it's because it is their families that will benefit the most from these results.

“We’re trying to put a lot more emphasis on kids to get your parents involved, and get out there and vote,” said Batt. “Let's get this thing going.”

Batt says that while they did get cuts in funding from the state, this bond issue will not be used to supplement those losses, and will only be directed to those projects. Some of the projects that were taken out of the bond issue will be completed eventually, but with another source for funding.

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