A $110 million bond issue for major renovations and new sports facilities at Muskogee Public Schools has been set for Oct. 8.
The board called the election at a special meeting on Monday. There was little discussion.
The election proposition specified at least 85 percent of the bonds go toward 15 capital projects as well as technology.
Major projects include $20 million for a new high school field house featuring a gymnasium and a meeting/event area; $12 million for a new football stadium and $18 million to renovate Alice Robertson Junior High into a new facility.
The resolution also includes $13 million for demolition and reconstruction of Tony Goetz Elementary. The reconstruction would include classrooms, secure entries, library, gymnasium and a new kitchen.
At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Muskogee Board of Education approved:
Muskogee School Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall said the Tony Goetz building, which dates to the 1950s, “has had a lot of environmental issues.”
“We’ve had everything from mold to other things that we have been able to find,” he said. “As we continue to sanitize and clean and replace, we feel it is best to kind of start over. We don’t have that issue at other buildings.”
Other parts of the proposition include:
• $12 million for renovations at Muskogee high school, including a new front entry, new hallway and administration offices, new band and choir rooms.
• $10 million for renovation at Sadler Arts Academy, including a classroom addition.
• $6 million to convert the former Harris-Jobe Elementary into a pre-kindergarten and child care center.
• $5 million to acquire land and property.
• $5 million for technology.
• $2 million to renovate former Ben Franklin Science Academy, including a new football field and renovations to the auditorium.
• $2 million to renovate Grant Foreman Elementary, including a new entrance, drive and parking.
• $1 million for each site for renovations at Irving, Cherokee, Creek, Pershing and Whittier elementary schools.
The proposition also states that the $110 million is to be funded with bonds, and a tax to pay the interest on the bonds over 10 years.
Mendenhall said earlier that the bond issue could raise the district’s tax millage from 20 to 32 mills. He said this could raise taxes on a $50,000 home by $53.69 a year.
School officials and the Long Range Planning Committee presented proposals for the capital projects at a dinner in June. The dinner featured guests invited by committee members.
Mendenhall said the committee members reported having good feedback at the dinner.
“They didn’t recommend anything different,” since the dinner, he said. “We felt like tonight, the board already knew what it was, they had seen the information.”