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August 4, 2012

Midway bond issue on ballot

— Midway school officials hope to accommodate a growing student population with new high school classrooms.

The district is seeking voter approval of a $585,000 bond issue to build five classrooms and offices. The bond election will be Aug. 28, the same date as county and state runoff elections.

“We’re bulging at the seams, running out of room,” Superintendent John Truesdell said. “Every available inch of space we are using in some way or another.”

Truesdell said the building would be for grades seven through 12 and have four larger classrooms and one smaller classroom. The building also would have offices for the principal and secretaries.

The bond issue will not raise taxes because a previous bond issue from the former Boynton-Moton school district is expiring, Truesdell said.

The district needs the classrooms because enrollment is growing, he said. “And we also expect future growth.”

Truesdell said the district had 200 students at the end of the 2011 school year and 237 at the end of 2012.

“We had 12 in our Hichita Head Start program, so that brings us to 250,” he said.

He attributed much of the growth to students from the former Boynton-Moton School District.

A $250,000 bond issue election March 6 for a new, larger cafeteria failed to get the 60 percent majority needed for passage.

Before that election, Truesdell had said the district had to run two lunch periods to get all the students into the cafeteria.

Truesdell said Thursday that the school would get a warming cart to take food from the cafeteria kitchen to the high school gym.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogee

phoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Meetings about Midway Schools’  proposed bond issue for $585,000 for new high school classrooms.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Old high school gym, Council Hill.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 14.

WHERE: Hichita Volunteer Fire Department.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 21.

WHERE: Boynton Gym.

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