Voters OK new school buses, reject new arts center in Ardmore

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - "At the end of the day, this was a community vote -- a community decision -- and they have made their decision so we have to accept that," Superintendent Kim Holland said.

More than 1,000 people voted Tuesday on two separate propositions for Ardmore City Schools.

Proposition 1, a $48.3 million bond, was just 33 votes away from the supermajority needed to pass.

Voters we talked to said they voted against it.

"It may be important to some people but the total realm it is not important to everybody and it costs everybody," Gui T. Ledbetter said.

The proposition would have created a performance arts center for the fine arts programs as well as for the community to use.

It was also going to repair other facilities in the school district.

"When you're old and on a fixed income it's hard to see yourself paying more taxes," Ledbetter said.

Holland said he was disappointed to see that proposition fail.

"I think we just didn't do enough to convince those people that we were worthy of their 'yes' votes, and we will have to work harder on that," Holland said.

Holland says for now the fine arts students will continue to rent space in different facilities in Ardmore to hold performances.

He says he is not giving up on proposing another proposition for a performance arts center but says it's too early to tell when that will happen.

"If we decide to go forth to another proposition we will do the same thing we did this time," Holland said, "we will ask people what they want, what they expect and we will try to give them what they ask."

As for Proposition 2, 62 percent voted yes for the schools to spend $2.5 million over the next six years, starting in January, to replace buses which will now have air conditioning.

"We are thrilled to have that, we appreciate the community giving us that," Holland said.

For now, Holland said, he is moving forward and though he says the students will be disappointed in the results, it's a lesson learned.

"You don't sit down and cry and pout, you get up and work a little harder the next time -- and that is what we will do," Holland said.

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