Voters Prepare For Gore School Bond Proposal
Gore voters are preparing to hit the polls for a proposed school bond of $400,000. The tax-free bond would go toward a new school bus and building renovations for Gore Public Schools.
“In Oklahoma, we have what’s called a super majority, which requires 60 percent of the people that cast a vote to be a yes vote for the bond to pass,” said Gore Superintendent Lucky McCrary.
McCrary said he’s confident voters will approve the five year bond, with it being tax-free.
“There’s no tax increase. This bond would replace an existing bond that expires next year,” he said.
McCrary said the insulation in the lower elementary building needs to be replaced. The bond, if approved, would keep students at a comfortable temperature while hitting the books.
“My kids, they take jackets to school because in the mornings, they don’t run the heat at night,” said Gore parent Kimberly Summerlin. “It’s really cold there in the mornings, and then I know they’ve said they wear their coats all day long.”
McCrary said safety is key for his students, and administrators hope to use the bond money to replace the schools’ glass doors, a measure they said would keep their students safe when severe weather strikes.
“The glass doors they have on either ends of the hall are just thin glass,” said McCrary. “A strong wind would come through and break that glass easy.”
Summerlin, a 30 year native of Gore, has 4 kids in school.
She said glass doors alarm her so much, she doesn’t think twice for her kid’s safety during severe weather.
“Whenever it comes tornado warnings, I go pick my kids up. I don’t leave them there,” she said.
Other school improvements include purchasing new computers and security systems for the two campuses of Gore.
The schools superintendent said polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. Voters can cast their ballots until 7 p.m.