Carter Co. voters to decide on school bond

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ARDMORE, OK - Supporters of a school bond proposal are hoping for at least 60 percent "yes" votes on Tuesday, with one goal being to get more classrooms connected.

Instead of just the school libraries, school leaders want the whole Plainview schools campus to get wireless internet access. Wireless is one part of a $4.5 million bond proposal going before voters in the Plainview district on Tuesday.

Primary School Principal Lisa Moore said that all the classrooms for the district's youngest students now have computer-friendly "smart boards," and some classes are also experimenting with Apple's iPads as a new way to teach students.

"They're coming to us so electronically savvy and of course they're very interested in that," Moore said. "There's a menagerie of apps available that are education specific."

Other projects in the bond include putting in new roofs at the art studio and part of the auditorium building, changing out some old air conditioners for newer models, and renovating restrooms.

Some class space would be added at the middle school, and there are plans to purhcase five new school buses and install security cameras at the elementary schools.

"Instead of waitng on a problem to arise, I think the cameras will be very helpful in knowing who is in the building," Moore said.

New "home" bleachers would also be constructed further back from the field, with a new concession stand and restrooms.

Supporters say that if the bond passes, property taxes will remain constant.

"It's important to keep facilites at their best in order to mianitan property values in the district, by having a good school system," said bond committee co-chair Jason Casey.

"This is a unique situation where we can continue to make improvements, continue to provide opportunities for our students, yet not have any kind of projected increase," superintendent Karl Stricker said.

Voting for Plainview district residents is Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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