ARDMORE, OK -- Ardmore City Schools is asking voters to approve a nearly $3 million dollar bond next Tuesday. Shelby Levins reports.
Right now, the Ardmore City Schools say they don't have any bonds on the tax books. School administrators tell us Ardmore is probably the only district in the entire state that's not collecting a single cent from school bonds. But school officials, and many area parents are hoping to changes on October 13th.
Jacob Morgan is only in the sixth grade, but already he has hopes of joining the Ardmore High School band. And his mother wants to help ensure the damaged instruments and old uniforms get replaced through the upcoming Ardmore City Schools bond election.
"Every kid should be able to participate in something extra and it helps to keep the out of trouble,” Sandra Morgan, Jacob’s mother, explained.
Replacing outdated band equipment is just a fraction of the proposed $2.9 million, two-year series bond. If passed close to a million dollars would go to purchasing new books, and installing technology upgrades across the district. Morgan believes it's an investment in the future
"They're our next president, they're our next congressmen, if we don't give them an opportunity where are they going to be,” Morgan said
So what happens if the measure doesn't pass? Superintendent Dr. Ruth Ann Carr told us this summer if the bond does not pass, the district may have to look at laying off teachers, but school board vice president Alan Vernon says he's hopeful they won't have to go to that extreme.
"This bond is for the kids and it's for some good programs and some good things we're going to do, and we're not going to talk about it being defeated," Vernon said.
Vernon says the bond issue focuses on simply the necessities, with almost a million dollars being budgeted to buy eight new buses.
But ultimately the decision rests in hands of the voters. If passed the bond would raise property taxes about 14%. That means, if you pay about $800 dollars a year in property tax, you'd see a monthly increase of about $10 a month.
"Most people are going to pay less than $10 a month for this, and that’s no more than what a pizza costs,” Vernon explained
But some residents say that's simply too much and they don't want to see any tax increase. But Morgan says she's more than willing to help foot the bill for the district's future.
Ardmore city schools aren't the only district in Carter County holding a bond election. Dickson Schools are asking residents to approve a $6.9 million bond.
In person absentee voting for both elections begins on Friday at the Carter County election board. Then on Election Day - that's next Tuesday, October 13 - you can cast your ballot at your normal precinct location.