Hugo Schools holding bond for new school

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

HUGO, OK -- A bond election has never passed in the history of Hugo Schools. But this time around, officials say it's their only option. Cracks in the walls are about as common seeing students walk the halls at Hugo High School.

The three story building was built in the 1920s, before things like computers and central heating and air.

“It’s 80 years old and it’s continuously year by year deteriorating and we’re trying to patch it up as much as we can,” says Tony Daugherty, superintendent.

Administrators did a site survey at the aged building, and found it would cost about seven million dollars to renovate the school and get in compliance with issues like the American Disabilities Act. They decided a new school would be better use of the money.

"I've been to other high schools and have seen their rooms and they’re a lot bigger and there’s a lot more space and it’s a lot m more convenient than ours,” says Alexa Caraway, a senior at Hugo High.

The bond would be for about $11 million to build a new school near the current building, and would make other improvements to the district. The bond would also renovate and add onto the locker rooms, pay for some existing lease purchases, buy school buses, and pay for mold expenses at the elementary school.

The district closed the school for months as the elementary school underwent a major overhaul, costing about $750,000.

The tax addition would be a three dollar increase per month for each $100 of taxable amount.

“If we’re going to move in the right direction and progress then we’ve got to be a part of that,” Daugherty says. “People will come here if we have a nice school.”

Some hallways are about four feet wide, which students says gets very crowded during passing periods. They have to travel three stories in five minutes in packed hallways.

A boiler heats the school, one floor at a time but unevenly. Electrical wires are exposed, and the walls as too thick for wireless Internet.

“My younger sister I think she will be a senior if this bond issue passes, I think she’d be a senior and be able to be in the new school so I’d be happy for her,” says Caraway.

The district has public meetings scheduled for:

April 21: Washington Community Center, 7:00 pm
April 29: High School Library, 7:00 pm.

The election is for May 13th.

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