Durant ISD $7 million school bond going to polls

By: Josh Stevenson Email
By: Josh Stevenson Email

DURANT, OK - Durant voters will head to the polls Tuesday to approve or reject a new school bond. School Administrators say the bond is designed to have minimum impact on Taxpayers.

Durant Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth knows there is no good time to ask for more money.

"We know where we are right now as far as the economy goes right now and we don't want to put any undue burden on the taxpayers but we do want to do the best we can for our kids," said Simeroth.

The Durant School District is taking a $7 million bond issue to the voters on Tuesday, but the measure wouldn't raise taxes a single cent.

"This is the amount we can ask for and keep things where they are at,” said Simeroth.

The majority of the money provided to schools by the state goes to paying salaries, not to pay for the maintenance of school buildings or buses.

Mark Webb has two kids in Durant Schools, and he says the fact that the bond won't cost Durant residents any additional tax dollars and that the money would be used to improve security and technology in the schools, makes the bond a win-win for Durant.

"The goal is to have a one to one ratio between laptops and kids in the school and this is where it starts," said Webb.

Dr. Simeroth says Durant schools have been a local leader in bringing technology to the classroom, and that's achieving some impressive results. Last year Northwest Heights Elementary school scored a perfect 15-hundred on state tests. Simeroth says by approving the bond issue, residents would help teachers ensure that trend will continue.

"You have teachers, you have technology and resources, and they do a fantastic job, and that is what bond elections are all about, is keeping schools like that and teachers like that exactly where they need to be," said Simeroth.

The bond is set to go to the voters on April 6.

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  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Apr 21, 2010 at 03:52 PM
    Making a point Bill@Durant,making a point.........
  • by Amazed at Bill Location: Durant on Apr 8, 2010 at 06:07 AM
    Bill, You make several very good points; points you should take notice of. If you call someone out for not being able to make a sentence, you had better make sure that your punctuation and sentence structure is complete and correct. Unfortunately, Bill, yours is not. Thanks for your advice, though.
  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Apr 7, 2010 at 01:31 PM
    Ya'll turn out morons cause the grown up morons want to keep the little morons in the dark ages,do something for YOUR kids ,not the old morons,progress a little, PASS a bond, so you wont have more morons,and you wonder why southern ok. is behind in everything,there is always a hundred reasons not to do something,jealousy, hate, indifference, stupidity,keep your kids out of the idiot room,pass a bond.So your kids can at least spell or make a sentence unlike most of you from Ok.
  • by Go JUMP in a Location: Big Blue Lake on Apr 7, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    Some wise and intelligent people my foot. team sports are for morons.
  • by Kelly Location: Caddo on Apr 7, 2010 at 09:18 AM
    The hands-on training you all want is called CareerTech. They teach the kids a lot of useful job skills. CareerTech is being attacked and eliminated because of the "No Child Left Behind" testing mandates.(Obama AND Bush) America was built on Vocational Teaching and it needs to be saved. Obama is trying to consolidate small schools by giving large sums of money to schools that will fire all of the teachers. Beware America...YOU are next.
  • by Donny Location: Sherman on Apr 7, 2010 at 06:40 AM
    Frustrated, I agree with you 100%. It appears that these morons that they are turning out of Durant High School are turning into Durant voters!
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Apr 7, 2010 at 05:08 AM
    What a bunch of inbread rednecks hillbillies. Some people (towns) can't handle success. Durant as well as BC should be proud they are getting a new facility. As far as overfunded sports programs, sure, lets just drop all physical education activities all together and take that money and go buy you little tubbie kid some more twinkies! u people slay me. Come on DISD - at least fork out a few bucks for some dental hygene courses........ Breath mint anyone?
  • by Go Big Blue Location: Durant on Apr 6, 2010 at 11:18 PM
    Band Geeks - Wah, Wah, Wah. I have a son who plays three sports and I guarantee you I have spent more money the last few years on gear than you. The problem is that the band and sports programs are on an even playing field now and with the band not being the main focus at the high school, it's causing you some heartache. Some very wise and intelligent people would say that the most valuable lessons a student could learn in high school are learned being involved in a competitive team/sports environment, i.e., leadership, humility, teamwork, interpersonal skills, and fair competition. Too bad, Durant is so political though. I happen to love the band and support them as well, it's a great program. You might even take the time to teach your kid a sport at a young age or get involved with youth sports IF you want to take the time. Let's make a deal and call each other equals. If you can't agree on that, well I'm sorry. See you at the game Friday night. My son is # ___, oh never mind
  • by frustrated on Apr 6, 2010 at 06:13 PM
    They always like to pull that loaded gun--It's for the children!!--- who can resist? Apparently the Durant voter can't. And the little kingdom that is the DISD becomes less accountable to the citizens every day. They don't HAVE to be, and this vote only emboldens them to play you for even bigger fools in the future. They spend countless hours teaching elementary kids to take multiple choice tests and brag about the results, then manage to graduate an alarmingly few of them from high school, and those that do are largely incapable of independent thought or logic. But they can color in the correct oval with anyone!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 at 03:10 PM
    coaches in general, but esp. football coaches are some of the most worthless human beings around. sports shouldn't even be a part of education. after school is out you can go pay someone yourself and go play your dumb little childrens' games.
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