LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Lawton Public School officials plan to get started on the process of using the $100-million school bond that passed yesterday.
"Approval of this Student Investment Program represents much more than just the financial commitment, it sends a strong message of trust and support to our students and educators," said Lawton Public Schools' Superintendent Tom Deighan after the election. "We know that Lawton-Fort Sill values and supports education."
Voters in Lawton approved a $99.5 million school bond on Tuesday and officials are already planning to get started. This bond is only the 6th bond passed since 1972 and represents an investment larger than all the bonds previously passed combined.
Dr. Tom Deighan visited schools today to thank staff and students for their support.
"Support from a diverse coalition of community partners has been the key to the success of the Student Investment Program… I have never seen a community pull together with such unity… We could not have done this without widespread community support and involvement."
He says the $46-million to build a new Eisenhower Middle School in west Lawton will be dispersed in the spring. Safe rooms, technology, and new equipment will also be added to several schools for students.
Lawton Public Schools has made several big improvements to include modest raises for staff as well as increases in technology and learning materials despite the challenges facing Oklahoma schools.
"On behalf of the Board of Education, I wish to express my deepest gratitude to the Lawton-Fort Sill community for supporting our students and educators… and thank you for proving to the state and nation that Lawton Can."