Claremore Daily Progress

September 13, 2013

Inola voters say ‘yes’ to school bonds

Salesha Wilken
Staff Writer

INOLA —

Voters overwhelminly approved Tuesday two school bond issues for Inola Public Schools. 
“We are very grateful for the communitites support and turnout for the vote,”said Dr. Kent Holbrook, Inola school superintendent. “One of the reasons the bond was so necessary is because we could not have afforded to do the improvements without this bond.”
The first proposition passed 363 for the bond and 45 against.
The $3,135,000 building bond was approved to pay for the construction and equipping of eight new classrooms, including four new computer labs.  
This bond will add desperately needed classroom space, helping us meet state testing requirements, according to Holbrook 
The district has seen rapid growth over the last three years and school administration reports a desperate need for the funding.
“There is literally not one unused room in the current buildings,”  said Holbrook. 
The bond also designates funds for student safety and security, including the installation of electronic locking safety doors, according to school officials.  
The door system features a bullet-resistant film on all windows district wide. 
The campuses have seperate buildings, which makes security a bigger challenge, according to Holbrook.
The bond will give us the opportunity to adress security needs for our students, he said. 
The bond will pay for renovations, repairs and upgrade to existing facilities including playgrounds, bleachers, roofing, heat and air equipment and the completion of the Leazanne Bell Greenhouse.
The school’s track will be resurfaced and synthetic turf will be installed on the football field. 
The bond includes the following projects: four new computer labs, four classrooms for the 7th and 8th grade, remodel of the high school and middle school cafeterias, middle school playground equipment, high school and middle school parking lot repair.
 The second bond was approved 374 votes in support and 40 against the measure. It is a transportation bond for $190,000 to purchase of two new buses.
“This community is so supportive and we appreciate it so very much,” said Holbrook.