Silo Public Schools pushes for $2.3M bond for the 4th time

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SILO, OK - Already at double their capacity, Silo school officials said their students' education depends on passing a $2 million bond. But it could be a tough battle, this bond has already failed three times, last year alone.

Silo Superintendent, Dr. Bill Caruthers said Silo Public Schools' buildings were built to house 400 students, but this year more than 840 kids enrolled. He said the community needs to pass this $2.3 million bond, not only to make the schools better, but to make them safe.

"Silo Public Schools is one of the fastest growing schools in Southeastern Oklahoma. We gained about 77 to 80 students in the past year and we were overcrowded a year ago," he said.

Dr. Caruthers said enrollment shot up this past fall, that's why they need the $2.3 million school bond.

"This particular proposal is strictly for classrooms and safety measures for kids," he said.

Caruthers said the bond will pay for 16 more classrooms and improved safety on-campus. Right now, the limit is 20 kids per classroom and, with an expected 11% increase in students next year, he said there won't be enough room for them.

Caruthers said because of the continued student growth, some storage facilities had to be turned into classrooms; like one of the computer labs that used to be a storage facility, just last year.

"We have built on and built on, and we have remodeled and remodeled," said Caruthers.

Jeanette Latta's children attend Silo schools and said sees the need.

"I think it would be a good idea. As a parent, they need more classrooms," she said.

So does resident, Lura Peoples.

"I think it's time and getting up in arms in doing something about it," she said.

Caruthers said if the bond passes, property taxes would increase by about 8%.

"It will increase taxes about 71 cents a month for every $100 that a person is paying in taxes a year right now," he said.

Everyone we came across said they wouldn't mind the increase.

"No, I don't because if they take it out of your check. You're not gonna miss it anyway," said Latta.

"So what? You know? Everything's going up, it don't matter. But we still have to have a place for our kids to get their education," said Peoples.

We knocked on several doors but could not find anyone opposed to the bond. Caruthers said if the school bond passes, the tax increase would not take effect until 2014.

The bond election is Tuesday, polls open at 7 a.m.

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