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September 7, 2013

Voters in Chisholm, Fairview school districts vote Tuesday on several bond questions

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Fairview Schools

Rocky Burchfield, superintendent of Fairview Schools, said the district hopes to replace two full-size buses with one full-size bus and one 29-passenger mini bus. Gradually decreasing enrollment has meant the district no longer needs one full-size bus, Burchfield said.

The buses can be purchased for $145,000.

The $335,000 bond question for construction of a safe room storm shelter at the middle school came about after last spring’s tornado strike on schools in Moore, as well as 2011 tornadoes around Fairview, Burchfield said.

“It puts a lump in your throat, thinking that you can’t take care of your kids,” Burchfield said.

The district already had been working on a FEMA grant and still is working on one for the elementary school, Burchfield said.

The shelter would be a 1,500-square foot building with rough-out plumbing and electrical service, so to be easily adaptable later as classrooms or other use, Burchfield said.

If both pass, the effect on property taxes will be a 3.26 percent increase — or  $32.60 more for every $1,000 in taxes paid — but only for two years.

“Our mill levy goes down considerably in two years as we pay off other bonds,” Burchfield added.

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