Kingston school officials look to make campus addition

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

KINGSTON, Okla. -- Kingston school officials are looking to make an addition on campus, but the idea will first have to go to the voters as a school bond issue before construction can begin. Teddy Safo has more from Ardmore.

On Tuesday, Kingston school officials approved putting a $12.5 million school bond on the April ballot. School officials say they desperately need more space for their growing student population, and many residents we spoke with agree.

Kingston school board members voted 3-to-zero to have a school bond put on this April’s ballot for a multi-purpose facility.

Superintendent Jay McAdams says with more students moving to the district each year, more space is needed.

"The current facilities we have now, we’re a growing a district, fifteen to thirty kids a year over the years, you’re going to outgrow you current facilities," McAdams says.

Renderings show what the 58,000-square foot, $12.5 million facility could look like if the bond issue passes. It would house at least 8 new classrooms, a new auditorium and gym, and a band room which also doubles as a safe room.

"State law allows us to set something up called a series bond which would keep one bond on top of the other, which allows us to get the amount of money to pay for a facility of this type," McAdams says.

Crystal Nichols' six-year-old daughter goes to Kingston Elementary. She says it’s about time the district expands and that she would vote yes to the measure.

"We have so much surrounding area. Kids are bused to the school. We need all we can get and I’m willing to pay more taxes," Nichols says.

As for how much taxes would increase if the bond passes, school officials say those numbers are still being worked out, but they say the new building would definitely be a worthy investment.

"It will be one of the nicest facilities, especially in south eastern Oklahoma, if we have the opportunity to build this facility."

The school bond issue will need a 60-percent super majority to pass.

Voters are set to vote on the measure April 1.

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  • by Sam Location: Lee on Feb 17, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    we need the new school like barbara said our school it to crowded.yea taxes will go up but it will make a really big difference to the school. Thanks
  • by tayler skiles Location: powell on Feb 7, 2008 at 12:50 PM
    thank you barbara people just need to open there eyes
  • by BARBARA Location: KINGSTON on Feb 6, 2008 at 09:31 AM
  • by tayler skiles kingston student Location: powell on Feb 5, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    i think that we need the new school just think how good it would be so all of ya'll just need to stop and look there are the blue print in stores
  • by Parent of Madill student , Employee of Kingston Location: Madill on Jan 31, 2008 at 12:10 PM
    For those of you that have negative things to say about the subject at hand , try visiting the schools at lunch . See the problems first hand before you decide to say no. The way these students have to wait in line and then try to hurry and eat can cause a few eating disorders .Ask the children about the over crowding and how it affects them. As for the upkeep of the buildings ,visit the elementary auditorium. Kingston is working hard to save this building and to update it without tearing it down .Basically ,more students, more space needed,more buildings. That simple.
  • by Karyn Location: Kingston on Jan 28, 2008 at 09:47 AM
    If you don't want to pay taxes in Marshall county - MOVE! It is just that easy! You don't have to pay grocery tax in Texas - but you'll pay it in other ways. I know a waman who had a mobile home on one acre. Her property taxes is nearly $6,000 a year. As far as the buildings being ran down in 25 years - the Kingston High School Gym is older than that - and is in good shape. Like Donna - I pay taxes on several pieces of property - and I do not mind paying a little more. For that matter - I am for taxing those who get by with out paying taxes like the rest of us.
  • by Donna Location: Kingsotn on Jan 27, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    As a matter of fact, I do live in this county and my family pays taxes on 10 pieces of property. Only those of us that own property will pay more taxes. It will not cost those that rent property anything. That's just the way it is! I know that our school is being very well maintained, so I do not understand why that is an issue. I have no reason to expect that to change.
  • by I'M TAXED TO DEATH TO Location: MARSHALL COUNTY on Jan 25, 2008 at 09:28 PM
    for you people who think it is great to keep building more school buildings i wonder it you pay taxes or live in another county. thats like the hospital is always building on and adding more taxes people wake up maybe if everyone in this county stopped shopping in marshall county and went to texas and bought groceries that would stop alot of this stupidity. also have you ever thought that this is still going to be paid for by your grandkids and possible their kids. 25 years is a long time and by that time these buildings will be run down because of lack of maintaince. why do they always have to build away from what they already have just add on if you need to. people get out and vote againsst this tax raising building. say no to more taxes.
  • by Susie Location: Kingston on Jan 23, 2008 at 08:07 PM
    I will definately agree that no one wants to pay more taxes . . . however, the children are our future and deserve the very best learning environment possible. I will happily vote "yes" to improve our children's future.
  • by Donna Bearden Location: Kingston on Jan 23, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    I am a lifelong resident of Kingston, a graduate of KHS and have taught here for 20 years. I believe that we have a wonderful school system filled with great teachers and awesome students. None of us like to pay higher taxes. However as our school continues to grow we must continue to expand. The facilities that we have now do not adequately fulfill our needs. Since Mr. McAdams has been our superintendent, many building projects and improvements have been completed, without a bond issue. Increased parking at the elementary is planned. Our campus looks better than ever. Teachers and students have needed supplies and through federal funds now receive free breakfast and lunch. I invite you take a look at what has been accomplished without a bond issue and also at our needs. It has been said that a school is the backbone of a community. Let us continue to move forward and prosper. We expect the best from our students and they deserve the best that we can provide for them. VOTE YES!
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