By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Voters in the Hennessey Public Schools district will make a decision on whether to build a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten center and a livestock building when they go to the polls for a May 14 special election.
Hennessey Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved sending a four-year, $2.2 million bond question to voters in hopes of building a $2 million early education center north of the elementary school and a $200,000 ag barn on donated land nearby Mitchell Road and Oklahoma Avenue.
Currently, fifth-graders are housed at the middle school. A new early education center will allow fifth-grade students to return to the elementary building.
“That’s a more age-appropriate setting,” said Joe McCulley, the Hennessey district’s superintendent.
The proposed early education center will be designed with a safe room for the children’s security, McCulley said.
“One of the hallways, or both, or the common area will be a safe room,” he said.
The building also will have automated entry doors for higher security, McCulley said.
Because a 2009 bond initiative is set to expire, the new bond initiative, if passed, is expected to have little — if any — effect on property taxes, McCulley said.
“Taxes will (be) tax-neutral to a little decrease in our taxes,” he said.
The $2.9 million 2009 initiative funded a number of improvements at the high school.