ALTUS, OK (TNN) - Residents of Altus will head to the polls on March 5 to decide on a $6 million school bond.
Altus Public Schools superintendent Roe Worbes says they wanted to hear as many voices as possible when writing the school bond propositions.
"It was very important for us to hear from the public because Altus the community supports Altus Public Schools in so many ways. We wanted to hear from our faculty and staff first and then from our community. We wanted their input on what they considered our needs were because they are always very supportive,” Worbes said.
After several meetings, they compiled a list of problems they believe need to be addressed immediately.
If the bond passes, new classrooms that will serve as safe rooms will be built at Altus Early Childhood Center and Altus Primary School. The track at Altus Junior High School, which is the only track in the district, would be resurfaced. Kiwanis Park, where Altus baseball games are played, would be purchased from the City of Altus and have turf installed, giving the baseball and softball teams their own home field for the first time ever. Other improvement would include making the playgrounds safer and purchasing new playground equipment at several Altus schools. Security equipment at every school that needs it would also be installed, mainly security cameras to monitor currently unmonitored hallways. Lastly, the bond money would be used to purchase eight new activity buses, replacing current ones that each have more than half a million miles on them.
"We’re asking for six million dollars over a five-year period. It only affects property owners and the financial impact on a home that costs $100,000 or has the assessed value of $100,000 is approximately between 12 and 13 dollars each month,” Worbes said.
Worbes said the money is necessary to make Altus Public Schools even better and, if it’s passed, it would be the first school bond passed in the district in more than sixty years.
"Until recently we haven’t really needed that money but with the state cuts we’ve all heard about for the last several years and realignment of our base in the last several years, Altus Public Schools does not receive as much impact aid money as we have in the past. So, this is the year we are asking for a bond and asking our community to help us with that,” Worbes said.
The vote is on March 5 and we know there is a lot of information to unpack with this proposal. So, throughout the month of February 7NEWS is going to take a deep dive into every single aspect of the bond and give you specifics on what it would fix.