By CRAIG HALL
Residents of the Heavener School District will go to the polls Tuesday to vote on an $8.3 million school bond vote to build a new multi-purpose educational facility.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The polling place for precinct 312 has been changed, said Sharon Steele, Secretary of the LeFlore County Election Board.
Voters in the precinct formerly voted at the Hodgen First Baptist Church. Starting with the Feb. 11 Special School Bond Election for Heavener School, the polling place will be at 20520 School House Road in Hodgen.
Voters will vote in the school safe room.
The vote must be at least 60 percent in favor for the bond to pass.
The new facility will be located where the current old gym and bus garage are currently. Both those buildings will be torn down. School administration hope to utilize some of the rock exterior from the old gym on the new facility.
The facility will include areas for physical education, two regulation basketball courts, a cheer practice area, and space for the archery program.
A second floor elevated indoor walking track will aid in the delivery of physical education. In addition, there will be three multi-use classrooms/flex learning labs/virtual learning labs on the second floor.
There will also be dressing rooms for the football teams, track and soccer, along with a visitor’s concession stand and restrooms.
This is phase one of the bond. The second phase will be to build/replace a district bus mechanics garage.
If a resident is currently paying $500 per year on property taxes, that amount would be an additional $57.50 a year or $4.79 per month.
After a few years, an existing bond will be retired and taxes will drop at that time.
While the old gym is remembered fondly by former graduates, the building is in serious disrepair and will not be utilized in the future because of the safety factor of the gym. A number of bats live in the gym and make the facility a hazard.
The walls also leak, resulting in the possibility of mold.
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