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.