Residents respond to possible new high school in Durant

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

DURANT, Okla. -- City leaders in Durant voted on Tuesday to hold an election that will give residents the choice whether or not to raise sales taxes to pay for a new high school. We asked resident Thursday if a new school is to be built, what would they like to see?

It has been over fifty years since the city of Durant’s high school was built. Now, half a century later, a new school may be in the city's plans, but it is up to residents to make that dream a reality.

A plot of land along Highway 69/75 could soon be home to a $41 million state-of-the-art high school, but before bulldozers dig in, residents have to go to the polls.

All of the parents we spoke too say they are in favor of a new school and Durant Independent School District Officials hope the idea gains even more popularity.

"We’ll be able to put technology in we'll be able to put in the most current labs and give access to the world of technology," Durant president Margaret Cole says.

On Tuesday, Durant city leaders approved a resolution that would allow residents to vote on a less than 1% (5/8%) sales tax increase over the next 25 years to pay for construction of the new high school.

Superintendent Dr. Terry James says overcrowding in a 100-year-old middle school is the driving force behind building a new school.

"We’ll be able to put technology in we'll be able to put in the most current labs and give access to the world of technology."

If a new school is built, DISD officials say middle school students will attend class at the old high school to give them more room to learn.

The deadline to register to vote in the sales tax election is March 3. The actual voting set to take place on April 1.


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