PROGRESS Staff reports



Residents from three county school districts approved school bonds for new construction.

Two propositions were approved for Verdigris Public Schools, including a $6.085 million bond for an early childhood complex and seventh- and eighth-grade center.

The additions will help the district keep up with growth that has doubled the district’s enrollment since 1998. The seventh- and eighth-grade center will feature a computer lab and library, and the new facility will expand the Verdigris campus from three to five sites.

Voters in Inola followed Verdigris’ lead in approving a transportation bond.

Voters in the Inola school district passed an additional $1.5 million proposition for an early childhood center wing. Inola has had full-day classes for 4- and 5-year-olds for the last four years, Superintendent Jake Crutchfield said.

Patrons of the Justus-Tiawah school district approved $600,000 for building a new elementary school cafeteria.

In neighboring Mayes County, two school bonds worth more than $3 million were passed for Salina Public Schools. Money in Salina will

go toward a new elementary school building





THE VOTE

n Justus-Tiawah

$600,000 building bond

152—yes; 47—no



n Inola

$1.5 million building bond

297—yes; 78—no

$150,000 transportation bond

317—yes; 60—no



n Verdigris

$6.085 million building bond

419—yes; 67—no

$245,000 transportation bond

419—yes; 66—no