Tishomingo Residents Vote on Elementary School Bond

By: Lauren Smith
By: Lauren Smith

Parents like Amber Wooley, say new safe rooms should be the highest priority for Tishomingo elementary school and this proposed bond would pay for them.

"My child obviously being in elementary and all the stuff that went on in Moore I would hate for us to be that school, you know, that was the first school that was hit and so they found out the hard way how important the storm shelters are," she says.

Right now, the Pre-k and first grade students have to walk from their building across campus to the 2nd - 4th grade building then file into a basement with several hundred other students.

Wooley says, "to take kindergarteners clear across campus in the event of an actual tornado would be like herding chickens and so it puts everybody in a very dangerous situation."

"Trying to get 435 students into a basement, even as orderly as we can, It's still hard task to do," says Lawless.

The elementary principal, Mike Lawless, says if the bond passes, they could build six new classrooms that would also be safe rooms.
He says with the rapid growth of the school, safe rooms aren't the only thing needed.

"To better serve our students we need additional classrooms to get that student/teacher ratio down to around twenty to where it should be for our kids to be able to learn the best they possibly can," he says.

The money would also pay for a new computer lab.
Lawless says the 3.69 million dollar bond would raise property taxes by 14 % over a 14 year time period for Tishomingo residents.

Wooley says, "I'm sure there are people that are not for it because it does raise property taxes and everybody's kind of tight with their money... totally understand that... However I don't think we can sacrifice the safety of our children either."

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