New high school in Durant?

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

DURANT, Okla. -- A new high school could be in the works in Durant. Officials say the student population is growing, and overcrowding at the current campus is already a problem.

City council members approved a sales tax increase to fund a new high school facility Tuesday afternoon. If approved by voters, the increase would be just under 1 percent over 25 years and would provide an estimated $41 million needed to build the school.

Plans are already in the works to build on about 30 acres of land at Gerlach and Carl Albert.

School officials say a new facility would provide better security, better technology, and more room than the current school.

"The high school here- the space that we have here is really, really, we're getting cluttered. We're getting full; we're bursting at the seams, so we need a facility that will soothe our current enrollment, plus our growth as its coming." Durant High School principal Steve Wlodarczyk says.

Now that city council has approved the sales tax, the public will have to vote on the proposal. Administrators say that could happen as soon as April.


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  • by Alissa Location: Durant on Mar 28, 2008 at 02:42 PM
    I think a new school would be nice for everyone. As a high school graduate from DHS I'm all for the new school and I would love for everyone to enjoy his/her experiences in school. But I'm wavering on voting yes or no because I've been thinking about other projects in the past. Such as the New Sports complex that seemed to be pieced together at the last second and sometimes I feel the City doesn't care if roads are fixed or not. I was going to school and suddenly they were doing road construction on fixing holes and they didn't fill them in right. I hope this new school won't be quickly "pieced together" by cheap materials to meet the deadline or not finished in time. If the promises are kept I'm sure the Tax payers money is well spent, if not, why build the school and waste the labor of hard working people. I believe that this issue isn't just about what a school needs but really what the community needs as well. I don't know what I will vote but I will know the answer soon.
  • by AL Location: Durant on Jan 29, 2008 at 04:42 PM
    It seems obvious that the Durant school administrators jumped the gun in making a decision to purchase land and plan for a new high school, without first giving the citizens of Durant a chance to voice their opinions. As a former student who attended both the middle school and the high school, I must say that I believe building a new middle school makes much more sense than a new high school. The administration has correctly identified the middle school as being grossly inadequate in every way. It would likely be much cheaper to build a new middle school than a new high school. It could actually be designed to meet the needs of middle school students, rather than sticking those students in a building that would be most unsuitable for them. The middle school always seems to be given the scraps. I challenge the administration and the board to show they are serious about doing the right thing by surveying the public about their wishes before deciding how our money will be spent.
  • by Stevo Location: Durant on Jan 26, 2008 at 09:37 PM
    It's not a matter of needing the school, I am not against that, we wouldnt need that sales tax if we hadnt bought the land. We need a new jail too, but I bet right now the citizens of this county would not vote for that either. We just keep getting taxed and taxed, when does it end. Better decision making is what we need, that land has been purchased, what if the tax is not voted in? Someone is still going to be paying taxes on it. Poor decision making, should have gotten the tax passed, then bought the land.
  • by HERE WE GO AGAIN Location: DURANT on Jan 25, 2008 at 08:55 PM
    TO ANONYMOUS; FIRST OF ALL THE REASON FOR ALL CAPS IS SO THAT IDIOTS LIKE YOU CAN READ WHAT INTELLIGENT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY.IF THE INDIANS AND ILLEGIALS ARE OVER FILLING THE SCHOOLS THEN WHY DON'TTHEY BUILD THEIR OWN SO THAT THEY CAN DO THE MAINTAINCE ON THEM WITH THEIR OWN MONEY. IF YOU PEOPLE DON'T LIKE HALF BREEDS THEN STOP TRYING TO BREED EVERYONE YOU MEET.YALL GET EVERYTHING GIVEN TO YOU AS IT IS NOW AND NOW YOU EXPECT THE HARD WORKING CLASS OF PEOPLE TO FOOT THE BILL FOR YOUR KIDS. YOU DON'T SEE WHITE PEOPLE WITH THEIR HANDS OUT WAITING FOR FREE NEW HOMES TO BE BUILT AND 6 MONTHS LATER DESTROYED. OH BUT THEN THE INDIANS WILL COME IN AND REBUILD IT FREE OF CHARGE. REAL WORKING PEOPLE PAY FOR THEIRS BY WORKING FOR WHAT THEY GET. WHY DON'T YOU TRY GETTING A REAL JOB AND SEE WHAT ITS LIKE TO BE TAXED TO DEATH. ALSO WE PAY FOR OUR GROCERIES INSTEAD OF GETTING THEM FREE AND WE PAY FOR OUR MEDICAL HELP. ITS NOT FREE. SO GET A JOB AND PAY YOUR SHARE OF TAXES
  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Jan 25, 2008 at 06:53 PM
    I'm not from Durant,but you do need a new School,and you desperately need a new Jail.Dont let these green party socialist tell you that you dont need a sales tax.Everyone benefits with good Schools and a REAL jail.That is YOUR town so it is up to the citizens to keep it up to make sure their kids and friends kids have a good education and a place to be proud of, Kids need to have pride in something.Quit bickering and get it done.We all see Durant on the news everynight.I am glad to see it growing. I have friends who live there with two small children and ya'll need a new School.
  • by lacy Location: woodbridge va hometown durant oklahoma on Jan 24, 2008 at 07:20 PM
    Durant does need a new school bc they are the best around, with all the students and jobs that durant is enduring it would help the kids out alot
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jan 24, 2008 at 08:22 AM
    Man, it looks like you guys in Durant only skimp on toothpaste & haircream. Sure like to spend everybody's money. I'm curious myself how many "brother-in-law" deals are tagged on to such a project. I also think IAM NATIVE mabey smoke'em piece pipe b/4 playing on his computer! Growing pains can be expensive for a city. Don't let the new high school become the next "Big Dig" money pit. The citizens of Durant would be foolish to increase tax. There are other methods for funding your school.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    Stevo, "AIM NATIVE" is responding to the very first post made, which was from "HERE WE GO AGAIN" and is written in all caps. And maybe AIM NATIVE needs to learn to use proper punctuation and spelling before he calls other people "uneducated".
  • by Greg Location: Durant on Jan 24, 2008 at 04:49 AM
    I can not believe all the comments and not one of you have cosidered the access in and out of the sports complex that is the real issue. I would like to know the age of all who posted comments and if you have kids that even use these schools.The main access to the sports complex from the west side of Durant would be down main st and would cross those RR tracks. East side would come down past tuckers. Bad access is the key and safty of our kids.
  • by Stevo Location: Durant on Jan 23, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    anybody know what AIM NATIVE is talking about?
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