Rush Springs Public Schools is looking to pass a $10.3 million bond in a special Jan. 10 election for a new middle school, K-8 Library, Pre-K through 12 cafeteria and four 4th and 5th grade rooms along with a storm shelter which will fit 700 people to cover faculty and students.
Superintendent Mike Zurline said the bond will be for 13 years and the tax increase rate is smaller than the last bond the schools tried to pass back in April of this year.
“It will be a 9.5 percent increase to the tax payers and it is down from the last bond issue which was an 18 percent increase,” Zurline said. “The tax payers amount will be 24 percent of the bond approximately and the windmill companies will pay 42 percent and other business tax payers will pay 34 percent.”
One of the reasons Superintendent Zurline said the bond is needed for is several of the buildings have been around since the 1950s and have aged out and are in need of replacement.
“The middle school was built in 1958 and has served its life term,” Zurline said. “And the cafeteria is an older cafeteria and it doesn’t handle very many kids at one time and it will help get our kids through the line faster and in a state of the art building.”
According to the Grady County Election Board sample ballots are now available and can be viewed during regular business hours from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. and they are also at the elections.ok.gov website and will be posted at every precinct polling place.
Only four Grady County precincts will vote in this special election, including Bradley Community Center, Craig Computers, Cox City Baptist Church and the Rush Springs Library.