The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 5, 2011

It’s about time for an update

Transportation to tiles: Cherokee bond issue in works

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

CHEROKEE — Public school officials hope if all goes as expected the question of how to pay for needed purchases will be answered at a special election in early May.

Bob Meyer, Cherokee Public Schools interim superintendent, said the district has retained the services of financial adviser Steven H. McDonald & Associates Inc., of Norman, to prepare for the bond election.

Meyer said when he began as interim superintendent he looked at many things with an eye toward priority.

Transportation was on the top of the list, he said.

“We have an activity bus that’s a 1976,” Meyer said. “It no longer runs. That’s probably the number one thing.”

Two Suburbans owned by the district have logged more than 100,000 miles, and a third has logged more than 90,000 miles, Meyer said.

But transportation is not the only area of need, he said.

“We have building issues such as heaters and (problems with) gymnasiums and dressing rooms, and we’re trying to get some ideas what that will cost,” Meyer said. “There are tiles coming up off the floor. The tile floor we’re talking about was put in in the 1950s.”

Meyer said some lighting fixtures frequently overheat and must be shut off to avoid electrical problems.

To take care of all the needs, the district probably is looking at a bond issue in the vicinity of $350,000, Meyer said.

He presently is gathering price information, and the school board members must provide its completed list to McDonald & Associates in time for the necessary legal work to be done, Meyer said.

Then a date can be set officially for the special election.

Matthew Reichert, vice president of McDonald & Associates, said his firm consults with and advises schools and other bonding entities from beginning to end.

“We take everything from ground zero to the delivery of the bond proceeds for our clients,” Reichert said.