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January 20, 2012

Hulbert school bond issue bound for ballot

School board seats also in Feb. 14 voting

— Cherokee County voters will decide Feb. 14 whether to approve a $1.7 million bond issue for Hulbert schools and fill school board seats in severaldistricts.

The Hulbert Public Schools bond issue would fund a new roof for the auditorium, new elementary classrooms, a new athletic facility and an air conditioning system in the high school gymnasium.

A $2.5 million bond issue sought in February 2010 for many of the same improvements would have raised property taxes in the district about $20 for every $100 paid, but it failed, leaving the district with crowded classrooms and leaking ceilings.

Tahlequah Public Schools has two school board seats to fill.

Tim K. Baker and David Morrison are seeking Seat 2, and Stanley Young and Brian R. Berry seek to complete Seat 5’s unexpired term.

Seat 5 was vacated when Hamid Vahdatipour resigned last fall after redistricting placed him outside the seat’s  area. The term has about three years left.

In Keys Public Schools, three men seek Seat 2: John W. Rogers, Ray Kirk and John W. Mouse.

Briggs and Shady Grove also have school board positions open.

Anthony Hare and Jay Myres seek Seat 2 in Briggs, and Elizabeth Colvin and Rebecca Keys seek Seat 2 in Shady Grove.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or

School elections

Polling places for Cherokee County school board and bond elections will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 14.

Candidates for school board seats:

Keys Public Schools — John W. Rogers, Ray Kirk, and John W. Mouse vie for Seat 2.

Tahlequah Public Schools — Tim K. Baker and David Morrison vie for Seat 2. Stanley Young and Brian R. Berry vie for Seat 5.

Briggs Public Schools — Anthony Hare and Jay Mires vie for Seat 2.

Shady Grove Public Schools — Elizabeth Colvin and Rebecca Keys vie for Seat 2.

School bond issues:

Hulbert Public Schools proposes a $1.7 million bond issue for school improvements.

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