, Muskogee, OK

November 12, 2012

FG school board eyes bond items

By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer

— FORT GIBSON — Ensuring that each student has a computer and that the high school and Early Learning Center have new roofs are goals of a potential bond issue at Fort Gibson Public Schools.

Fort Gibson School Board members pored over a list of 2013 bond ideas — 33 items totaling $5.48 million — but took no action.

Superintendent Derald Glover said he hopes to have the bond election March 8. For that date, the board must vote no later than Jan. 3 to call the election, Glover said, adding that the board could vote on the election resolution at its Dec. 10 regular meeting.

More than $1.1 million of the bond issue could go to technology, including the district’s goal to have a computer for each student.

The computers could be laptops, tablet computers or a combination of the two, Glover said. “We’re still working on how we’re going to manage it.”

One option could be a system in which students bring their own computers and hook up with the school’s programs, he said.

“I’d like to start the program with some classes next fall,” Glover said, adding that the program would have to be phased in. If the district chooses to buy for each student, it would have to buy for more than 1,860 students, he said.

New roofs are other major cost items, with the ELC roof estimated at $600,000 and the high school roof estimated at $660,000. Glover said the current roofs are getting old.

The football stadium also needs a new entry gate and new fencing and turf, estimated at $900,000, according to the bond idea list.

The bond ideas list also includes eight new school buses, totaling $665,000; a new boiler and chiller for the high school field house, $335,000; new science labs, $150,000; repairing and resealing the parking lots, $255,000; computer servers, $150,000; a truck for the agriculture education department and two sports utility vehicles, $100,000 total.

New instruments, uniforms, lockers and a trailer for the band also are on the list. The three items total $85,000.

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