KINGSTON, Okla. -- Kingston school officials are looking to make an addition on campus, but the idea will first have to go to the voters as a school bond issue before construction can begin. Teddy Safo has more from Ardmore.
On Tuesday, Kingston school officials approved putting a $12.5 million school bond on the April ballot. School officials say they desperately need more space for their growing student population, and many residents we spoke with agree.
Kingston school board members voted 3-to-zero to have a school bond put on this April’s ballot for a multi-purpose facility.
Superintendent Jay McAdams says with more students moving to the district each year, more space is needed.
"The current facilities we have now, we’re a growing a district, fifteen to thirty kids a year over the years, you’re going to outgrow you current facilities," McAdams says.
Renderings show what the 58,000-square foot, $12.5 million facility could look like if the bond issue passes. It would house at least 8 new classrooms, a new auditorium and gym, and a band room which also doubles as a safe room.
"State law allows us to set something up called a series bond which would keep one bond on top of the other, which allows us to get the amount of money to pay for a facility of this type," McAdams says.
Crystal Nichols' six-year-old daughter goes to Kingston Elementary. She says it’s about time the district expands and that she would vote yes to the measure.
"We have so much surrounding area. Kids are bused to the school. We need all we can get and I’m willing to pay more taxes," Nichols says.
As for how much taxes would increase if the bond passes, school officials say those numbers are still being worked out, but they say the new building would definitely be a worthy investment.
"It will be one of the nicest facilities, especially in south eastern Oklahoma, if we have the opportunity to build this facility."
The school bond issue will need a 60-percent super majority to pass.
Voters are set to vote on the measure April 1.