MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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October 7, 2012

Proposals put forth for FG school bond plan

Comments sought on list of ideas for $5.4M package

— Fort Gibson Public Schools is considering a $5.4 million bond issue for the spring. The school board has released a list of project ideas and invited district residents to comment on them.

Superintendent Derald Glover said the board would vote in November on the final recommendations for the bond issue, which he said was not expected to raise property taxes.

“The committee worked diligently to keep the bond items within the budget recommended,” Glover said. “The bond adviser has set the total dollar amount at a level that will not increase taxes.”

The 2013 bond issue ideas include projects for the district and each school.

Proposed projects include:

• $772,000 for vehicles, including eight buses.

• $1.4 million for technology.

• $900,000 for turf, fencing and an entry gate for the athletic field.

• $228,000 for parking lot repairs.

• $25,000 for a phone system.

Projects proposed for the Early Learning Center include:

• $35,000 for pickup area awning repairs and extension.

• $600,000 for roof repairs.

• $5,000 for a sidewalk between playgrounds.

• $20,000 for carpet.

Proposed for Intermediate Elementary are $5,000 for microphones and spotlights and $4,000 for stage risers that will support 120 students.

Proposed projects for the middle school are $58,000 for carpet and $38,000 for canopies.

Proposed high school projects include:

• $30,000 for an agricultural education department trailer.

• $10,000 for cameras in the band, choir and student center rooms.

• $150,000 for science labs.

• $78,000 for band uniforms, instruments, lockers and a trailer.

• $10,000 for a robotics lab expansion, equipment and trailer.

• $720,000 for a roof over the pool and pool deck repairs.

Additionally, $350,000 is proposed for repairs in the field house, including the boiler/chiller and carpeting; $15,000 for a new baseball outfield fence, $80,000 for softball field lights, and $28,000 for a canopy from the building to the cafeteria.

Comments can be sent to Glover at d_glover

@ftgibson.k12.ok.us or made at the district’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Gibson-Public-Schools.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

What to do

Fort Gibson residents who want to comment on the proposed bond issue and projects can write to Superintendent Derald Glover, d_glover@ftgibson.k12.ok.us, or comment at the district’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Gibson-Public-Schools.

An itemized list of projects is available at www.

ftgibson.k12.ok.us.

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