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August 27, 2012

Morrison school district voters to decide on school-bond issue

STILLWATER, Okla. — Morrison school district voters will decide in Tuesday's election whether to approve the sale of $280,000 in bonds for the purchase of three buses and one agriculture truck for Morrison Public Schools.

Passage requires a 60 percent approval by voters.

Morrison Superintendent Jay Vernon held two public forums in early June to discuss the bond issue with voters. He said approximately 40 people attended each of the question and answer sessions that were intended to assess the needs of the district.

“I showed them the proposal, and got a lot of good feedback,” said Vernon.

Vernon said he tried to be prudent with taxpayer’s money while serving the needs of the students in the district.

“It’s time. We need those buses and that truck,” he said. “But we didn’t go crazy and waste money.”

Morrison public school’s transportation supervisoer James Burch said the district has nine buses, three of which would be replaced. One of the buses has 130,000 miles on it, another is 24 years old and the third requires constant repairs.

Burch said the district had to lease a bus to finish out the school year because one of the older buses kept breaking down.

The agriculture truck, which is used to transport students to competitions and shows, has 160,000 miles on it, Burch said.

“Our school needs those buses, and our ag truck is old and we need a new one,” said Becky Hetherington, federal programs director at Morrison Public Schools. “It’s not a luxury, it’s a need.”

Hetherington said Morrison has a good history of passing bond issues.

“We are very supportive of our schools,” she said.

 

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