The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 26, 2013

PC-H patrons to vote Jan. 14 on $1.045 million bond issue for maintenance, repairs

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— Voters in the Pond Creek-Hunter Public Schools district will take to the polls Jan. 14 to give thumbs up or thumbs down to a $1,045,000 bond issue.

Superintendent Joel Quinn said the measure is expected to result in no tax increase. The two-year bond initiative, if passed, will be used for needed maintenance and repairs.

At the high school and elementary buildings, bond proceeds will be used to:

• Install new entrance doors equipped with security locking devices.

“Obviously, this stems from the security issues that have been happening the last few years,” Quinn said.

• Replace existing single-pane windows with more energy-efficient windows.

• Install a sprinkler system.

“We need to bring it up to code,” Quinn said.

• Install a monitored fire alarm system. The existing fire alarm system is the old “pull-lever” type, Quinn said.

• Replace ceiling.

• Update student restrooms and bring them up to ADA code.

• Replace carpet and tile.

• Replace the 1970s HVAC unit in the high school building with new heating and air conditioning units.

School patrons in October defeated a much larger bond issue that included many of the same projects, as well as construction of a new gymnasium, a multi-purpose safe room and improvements for the football field. That bond issue had an $11.5 million price tag and drew opposition from 55.4 percent of the voters who cast ballots.

Voters in Garfield County who want absentee ballots mailed to them for the election should apply now, Garfield County Election Board Secretary Roy Schneider said.

The election board can accept applications for absentee ballots through Jan. 8, but it’s better to apply early, Schneider said.  

Absentee ballot application forms can be picked up at the election board office, 903 Failing, or downloaded at ok.gov/elections.

“At least two mail transactions must be made,” Schneider said. “The county election board must mail the ballots to the voter and the voter must return the voted ballots by mail.”

Ballots must be in the hands of the county election board by 7 p.m. on election day to be counted.