Voters decide on $15.49 million Madill school bond Tuesday

Published: Sep. 10, 2019 at 6:22 PM CDT
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A school bond for Madill Public Schools passed Tuesday with 73.97% of the vote. The schools will borrow $15.49 million for a new event center and classrooms.

Superintendent Larry Case said the bond would be a game-changer for the district.

The bond will pay for a new event center as well as three science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classrooms.

Case said it is a big need since Madill is not currently in a career tech program, which gives students college-level experience before graduation.

The school has also seen about 400 more students enrolled in the last eight years.

The total enrollment is now about 1800 students.

"We need to start going that direction that can offer a lot of hands-on and performance-based activities for our kids to develop those critical thinking skills that are so important for the future," Case said.

Case said the event center will not only host sporting events for the school but also concerts, plays and community events.

Madill alumnus Rick Clement said he is in favor of the bond.

"So it's time," Clement said. "This has more than a gymnasium and I think it's going to be good for our kids. I have grandkids here. All three of my girls graduated from here and I'm hoping my grandkids do the same thing. I just think this is the right thing to do."

Sharron Watts said she has lived in Madill for more than 50 years and her kids graduated from the school.

"I think, as adults, we have a responsibility to our children and our children need these things so they can go out in the world and be productive," Watts said.

Case said property owners will see an 8% increase in their property taxes.

For example, if you pay $500 a year in property taxes previously you would now pay about $3.50 more a month, which totals $42 more a year.

"Really, I'm excited about what tonight may hold and whether it passes or not, we're still going to go forward and do the best we can for our kids," Case said.

The eight polling locations around Madill closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday.