HEALDTON, Okla. -- Tuesday is Election Day in Oklahoma, and residents in Healdton are set to vote on two school bond issues. If passed, one of those bond issues covers costs for a new building addition.
"It’s a solid building, well-built…one of the better buildings in town," Healdton schools superintendent Don Lewis says.
But it needs work. The inside of the school auditorium is literally falling apart after more than 50 years. The doors need to be replaced; the ceilings are molding and have holes in them, and there’s no air-conditioning.
Superintendent Lewis says a lot of work needs to be done to bring the building up to code and make it safe for students.
"The major issue is the fire code we need to put a sprinkler system in maybe a pump with a tank we need some doors we need to replace on a safety issue to get in and our of the building."
On Tuesday, voters will vote on a $520,000 building bond that would bring the auditorium up to code.
"We have to enlarge our bathrooms. Both the boys and girls need to be enlarged to meet code. The building hasn’t been used in several years because of this."
If the bond passes, it would mean an 8.5% property tax increase over a five-year period, something a handful of Healdton residents say they oppose, but Lewis says the tax increase will benefit the entire community and be well worth the extra dollars.
"It will be a good place for our kids. We can use it a lot more than we do now. It’s just a facility going to waste. We need to get it back so we can use it."
The bond issue will need a 60% super majority to pass.