New high school in Durant?

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

DURANT, Okla. -- A new high school could be in the works in Durant. Officials say the student population is growing, and overcrowding at the current campus is already a problem.

City council members approved a sales tax increase to fund a new high school facility Tuesday afternoon. If approved by voters, the increase would be just under 1 percent over 25 years and would provide an estimated $41 million needed to build the school.

Plans are already in the works to build on about 30 acres of land at Gerlach and Carl Albert.

School officials say a new facility would provide better security, better technology, and more room than the current school.

"The high school here- the space that we have here is really, really, we're getting cluttered. We're getting full; we're bursting at the seams, so we need a facility that will soothe our current enrollment, plus our growth as its coming." Durant High School principal Steve Wlodarczyk says.

Now that city council has approved the sales tax, the public will have to vote on the proposal. Administrators say that could happen as soon as April.


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